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Gaganyaan may miss Aug 2022 deadline: Sivan | India News

BENGALURU: Isro chairman K Sivan on Monday said that Gaganyaan, India’s first human spaceflight mission, will be slightly delayed because of Covid-19, which has so far put on halt all of the space agency’s launch missions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a 2022 deadline for the human mission, a first crew-less flight as part of which was originally scheduled this year. The TOI was the first to report that the crew-less flight won’t happen in 2020 earlier this year.
On Monday, Sivan, answering a query at the plenary session of the International Astronautical Congress 2020, said that Gaganyaan, targeted for August 2022, “will be slightly delayed,” as Covid-19 has impacted operations.
He did not, however, specify if the launch could still take place in 2022. While maintaining that Gaganyaan activities are progressing well, Sivan also spoke of how other space faring nations like Russia and France. While Russia is training Indian astronaut-elects besides providing space suits, France is helping India in the space medical area.
Sivan further said that the space agency is likely to resume launching activity in the first week of November. VSSC director S Somnath too had earlier spoken at an event sharing details of Isro’s plan to launch PSLV C49 next month. The PSLV C49 rocket will put into orbit Risat-2BR2 and other third party satellites.



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