The long-awaited Indian manned space fight will face its first challenge in April when a more powerful version of the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV) will carry a human crew module into space to check if the module is capable of re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere safely.
The Indian Space Research Organisation had developed specialised space travel chambers covered with an indigenous heat-resistant tile to carry human crew to space. When GSLV Mk-III will be tested in three months’ time, the heavy-duty rocket will fly the module to an altitude of about 120 km to see if it is safe for human flight. “GSLV Mk-III will carry the crew module to study re-entry and thermal behaviour,” said Isro chairman K Radhakrishnan here on Friday. When fully ready, GSLV Mk-III can carry a payload of 6-10 tonne class category and take an Indian into space.