In­dia un­veils new space­suit

ISRO's space agency moves a step closer to send­ing as­tro­nauts into space from its own soil by un­veil­ing new aero­nau­ti­cal at­tire

All About Space - - Launch Pad -

The fu­ture is orange, it would seem – at least if this new space­suit de­signed for the

In­dian Space Re­search Or­gan­i­sa­tion is any­thing to go by. The space agency is aim­ing to be only the fourth to send as­tro­nauts into space, join­ing the US, Rus­sia and China, and they’ve de­cided to stick with the colour In­ter­na­tional Orange that other agen­cies have used for decades be­cause it’s highly vis­i­ble against other land­scapes (white, in­ci­den­tally, is re­served for Ex­trave­hic­u­lar Ac­tiv­i­ties).

Un­veiled a month af­ter In­dia’s Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi said the coun­try would send a crew of hu­mans to space by 2022 – co­in­cid­ing with the 75th an­niver­sary of the coun­try’s in­de­pen­dence – the space suit is equipped with a ca­pac­ity of one oxy­gen cylin­der that can hold enough oxy­gen for an hour. It is made up of four lay­ers of spe­cial lightweight bio­com­pat­i­ble tech­ni­cal tex­tiles with ad­vanced fab­ri­ca­tion and join­ing tech­niques. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, two space suits have been de­vel­oped so far and a third is un­der­way.

They are be­ing worked on at the Vikram Sarab­hai Space Cen­tre and each weighs less than five kilo­grams (11 pounds). They’ll be worn on the his­toric jour­ney with the In­dian tri­colour flag proudly dis­played and with the as­tro­nauts most likely to be called ei­ther gaganauts or vy­oma­nauts since ‘gaga’ and ‘vyom’ are Hindi and San­skrit for ‘sky’. The agency’s voy­age into space for a five-to­seven-day mis­sion will also mark 38 years since Rakesh Sharma be­came the first and only In­dian cit­i­zen to travel in space. He flew aboard Soyuz T-11 which was op­er­ated by the Soviet Union.

The pro­to­type space suit was put on dis­play at the Space Ap­pli­ca­tions Cen­ter in Ahmedabad, In­dia, in Au­gust

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.