It appeared like a day of setback but the Indian space agency made a comeback true to its reputation.
In Sriharikota this morning, ISRO chief S Somanath announced to the world, “I am very happy to announce the successful accomplishment of the TV-D1 mission. The purpose of this mission was to demonstrate the crew escape system for the Gaganyaan program through a test vehicle demonstration in which the vehicle went up to a Mach number, which is slightly above the speed of sound and initiated an abort condition for the crew escape system to function”.
“The crew escape system took the crew module away from the vehicle and subsequent operations including the touch-down at the sea have been very well accomplished. and we have a confirmation of the data for all of this…”, he added with world in audience.
India, this morning at 10 am, launched successfully the crew escape system of the Gaganyaan mission that envisages demonstration of human spaceflight capability by launching crew of 3 members to an orbit of 400 km for a 3 days mission and bring them back safely to earth, by landing in Indian sea waters.
The mission’s success will put India on a list of just four countries that can launch a crewed spacecraft by itself.