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Indian human spaceflight programme is at beginning stage: ISRO

Bangalore: Indian human space flight programme is at the “beginning stage” and space scientists were studying the critical technologies required for the project, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said today.“As far as human space flight is
PTI January 08, 2014 22:30 IST
PTI
Bangalore: Indian human space flight programme is at the “beginning stage” and space scientists were studying the critical technologies required for the project, ISRO Chairman K Radhakrishnan said today.

“As far as human space flight is concerned, we are just at the beginning- at the moment we are studying the critical technologies required for that like- crew escape system, crew module... these are the things we have not done in the past,” Radhakrishnan said.

Speaking to reporters in the presence of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science & Technology, Environment and Forest that reviewed ISRO programmes here, he said, “As and when we take up a programme of human space flight- this will help us.”

Illustrating the requirements for the human space flight, he said “we need a reliable launch vehicle with a reliability of 0.99, today we can say GSLV has gone well- but we need to improve the reliability of that.”

“We also need to have a capacity for taking crew module with two or three crew members and the required space for them; so we have the choice of GSLV or GSLV Mark III- that is the decision we need to take.”