Plan is to make 'Gaganyaan' mission indigenous: ISRO

The Indian Space Research Organisation wants to make the ambitious manned mission 'Gaganyaan' "more and more" indigenous by utilising the facilities available in the country, ISRO Chairman K. Sivan said.

Addressing a press conference after successfully launching ISRO's earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 other co-passengers into their designated orbits, Sivan, however, said the space agency may have to take outside help for some tests.

HysIS means Hyper Spectral Imaging Satellite.

"We want to make use of maximum facilities available in India and also we want to make it more and more indigenous," he said.

"In order to meet the Prime Minister's (Narendra Modi) vision (of sending humans to space) by 2022, to undertake some testing we may go abroad. But we have not decided that," he added.

The space agency is aiming to undertake the first unmanned programme under the 'Gaganyaan' project by December 2020.

If 'Gaganyaan' is successful, India would become the fourth nation to achieve the feat.

(Agencies)