Isro Draws up Ambitious Plan for 2024, says will Launch at Least 12 Missions

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Isro Draws up Ambitious Plan for 2024, says will Launch at Least 12 Missions

Space News ,India :- Following a remarkable 2023 marked by achievements such as landing a spacecraft on the Moon and launching another for solar study, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is poised to break records with a projected minimum of 12 launches in 2024, as revealed by chairman S Somanath on Monday.

Addressing the media after the successful launch of India inaugural polarimetry mission, the X-Ray Polarimeter Satellite, Somanath outlined the ambitious plans, stating, "We are planning at least 12 missions for 2024. It may also go up depending on our ability to produce the hardware and complete testing."

In the preceding year, ISRO undertook a historic seven missions, including the Chandrayaan-3 lunar landing near the south pole and the deployment of India first sun observatory, the Aditya-L1, scheduled to reach Lagrange Point 1 on January 6. Alongside these achievements, the space agency conducted crucial technology demonstrations, setting the stage for future endeavors like the Gaganyaan spacecraft and a reusable launch vehicle.

Designating this year as the "year for Gaganyaan," Somanath emphasized, "2024 is going to be a year to prepare for Gaganyaan. We are targeting the launch for 2025, but this year we will be conducting at least two more rounds of tests before gearing up for the final mission."

The Gaganyaan mission, India inaugural human space flight, is planned to carry a three-member crew to an orbit 400km above Earth surface for a three-day mission. The preparations for this milestone include the development of critical technologies such as a human-rated launch vehicle, life support systems, and an emergency escape system.

Highlighting key milestones, Somanath mentioned the TV-D1 test flight demonstration in October, a test flight with a humanoid robot named Vyomitra, and an unmanned flight preceding the manned Gaganyaan mission, tentatively scheduled for 2025. The extensive preparations involve critical activities like recovery trials of the crew module and testing of propulsion systems and crew escape systems.

As ISRO continues its trajectory of groundbreaking achievements, 2024 promises to be a pivotal year for India space exploration endeavors.

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