The Government of India approves India and Russia joint spaceflight programme

The Government of India approves India and Russia joint spaceflight programme

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India: The union cabinet of India on Thursday approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Russia on joint activities under human spaceflight programme. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was apprised of MoU between India and Russia on joint activities under Human Spaceflight Programme. The MoU signed will strengthen the cooperation between India and Russia provide an impetus to develop the technologies and advanced systems required for the human spaceflight programme, such as radiation shielding, life support systems, crew module, rendezvous and docking systems, space suit, training for astronauts etc. The MoU will lead to a joint activity in the field of application of space technologies for the benefit of humanity. It will also help in the setting up of a joint working group, which will further work out the plan of action, including the time-frame and the means of implementing the provisions of the agreement. The Indian Space Research Organization intents to launch Gaganyaan in 2022. Gayanyaan aims to send a three-member crew to space for a period of five to seven days by 2022. The spacecraft will be placed in a low earth orbit of 300-400 km. The Prime Minister in the Independence day address had set year 2022 for sending an Indian to space.