Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the launch of India’s first human space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will not be affected by Covid-19 pandemic and preparation are heading in the right direction. The training of Indian astronauts in Russia has now been resumed and the launch is scheduled to take place as planned, before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022. Elaborating on the cabinet decision to encourage private participation in ISRO activities, Singh said, a regulatory body called ‘Indian National Space Promotion & Authorization Centre’ is to be established. This will help provide a level playing field to private players and encourage their participation, he said.
Dr Jitendra Singh said, besides enhancing the capacity and resources of our space missions, increased participation of private players will also discourage the brain drain of talented space scientists and experts who were otherwise moving out of India in search of a break.
About Chandrayaan-3 Lunar mission, Dr Jitendra Singh said, as of today, it is planned for launch next year. This mission will involve a lander, rover and a propulsion system to carry the modules to move but it would not have orbiter as the previous orbiter is fully operational, he added.