KEY IDEA: The ISRO is preparing to launch the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission with a female-looking spacefaring humanoid robot called Vyommitra.
Original author and publication date: Mrigakshi Dixit (Interesting Engineering) – August 28, 2023
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: Vyommitra today. Data tomorrow.
From the article:
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has demonstrated its technological prowess by becoming the first nation to accomplish a soft landing near the Moon’s South Pole.
ISRO is now aiming to launch more ambitious missions, which have been in the works for many years.
One of them is Aditya L1, India’s first space-based observatory to study our host star, the Sun, which is set to launch on September 2. Gaganyaan, the first human spaceflight mission, has a tentative launch timeline of 2024. The mission was supposed to launch in 2022, however, it was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to recent developments, the ISRO is preparing to launch the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission with a female-looking spacefaring humanoid robot called Vyommitra — before human spaceflight.
The prototype was reportedly first unveiled at the 2021 event ‘Human Spaceflight and Exploration – Present Challenges and Future Trends’ in Bengaluru, India.
The ISRO intends to send this half-humanoid that resembles humans into space to demonstrate the safe functioning of the crew module. It is called a half-humanoid because it lacks legs but can bend forward and sideways.