What is a Gaganyaan Mission

An ISRO official said once the COVID-19 situation wore off, Indian space surgeons would also go to France next year

Indian and French space agencies are currently discussing providing the necessary equipment, similar to that used for Mission Alpha, to Gaganyaan, India's mission to send people into space. A senior official with the Nation Center for Space Studies (CNES), the French space agency, was quoted by the Hindustan Times as saying that equipment work for Mission Alpha is ongoing. The CNES official said the discussions were in the final stages. "We are working on the instrumentation for Mission Alpha." According to the report, the name Alpha was chosen for French astronaut Thomas Pesquet's new mission after a competition organized by the European Space Agency in collaboration with CNES attracted over 27,000 participants. The report highlighted that India and France share a solid cooperation in space. Their respective space agencies are also partners in the Rs 10,000 Gaganyaan Mission, which is set to send three Indians into space by 2022. France also has a well-established space medicine mechanism. An ISRO official confirmed that after the COVID-19 situation subsided, the Indian space surgeons will also travel to France next year. The report also noted that four Indian Air Force pilots and aspiring astronauts are being trained for the Gagangyaan mission in Russia. Thomas Pesquet, French astronaut, will return to the International Space Station on the Crew Dragon spacecraft in early 2021. He is currently training with the spaceship crew station and station simulators for Mission Alpha, the report said.

Read the complete report in Hindustan Times