India to launch its maiden human space mission in 2023

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address in 2018, wherein he said that an Indian astronaut, be it a man or a woman, will go on a space odyssey by 2022 onboard ‘Gaganyaan’, the minister said the programme got slightly delayed due to COVID restrictions, but preparations are now in full swing to achieve the mission by 2023.

ISRO to validate design, engineering of rocket carrying India’s first manned mission ‘Gaganyaan’: K Sivan

According to ISRO Chairman K Sivan, ISRO's aim is to have the first unmanned flight by the end of next year. ‘Gaganyaan’ is India’s manned space mission which the ISRO aims to launch by December 2021. The project aims at sending the astronauts to a lower orbit of the earth and the spacecraft will have a capsule with adequate supply of oxygen and other essential material and facilities for the ‘Gagan Yatris’.