India has stated that covid 19 pandemic had not affected its first human space mission “Gaganyaan” and the preparations was going on in the right direction.
“The launch is scheduled to take place as planned before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022,” Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Space Jitendra Singh said.
Though the training of four Indian astronauts in Russia had to be halted because of the pandemic, it has been resumed, he said.
Further on the recent decision to d encourage private participation in Space activities, Singh said a regulatory body named “Indian National Space Promotion & Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe)” will be established that will help a level playing field to private players and encourage their participation.
He said that privatisation of space sector will enhance the capacity and resources of space missions and increase participation of private players will also discourage brain drain of talented space scientists and experts who were otherwise moving out of the country.
On Chandrayaan-3 Lunar mission, the Minister said that the mission will involve a lander, rover and a propulsion system to carry the modules to move. However, it would not have orbiter as the previous orbiter was fully operational, he added.