Union MoS (IC) DoNER, PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh said on 29 June that the launch of India’s first human space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will not be affected by COVID pandemic and preparation are carrying on in the right direction.
- Briefing about some of the important missions planned by ISRO Dr. Singh said because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the training of four Indian astronauts in Russia for India’s human space mission had to be halted for a brief period but the training has now been resumed.
- He said the space mission launch is scheduled to take place as planned, before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022, he said.
- Elaborating on the cabinet decision to encourage private participation in ISRO activities, he said a regulatory body called “Indian National Space Promotion & Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe)” is to be established. This will help private players and encourage their participation.