Saturday, February 2, 2019

ISRO Unveils Human Space Flight Centre

ISRO Chairman K Sivan among others at the inauguration of Human Space Flight Centre in Bengaluru. Credit: ISRO

Dr. K Kasturirangan, Former Chairman, ISRO in the presence of Dr. K Sivan, Secretary, DOS/Chairman, ISRO, inaugurated Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) on Wednesday at ISRO Headquarter campus in Bengaluru. Directors of other ISRO Centres, former Chairman and other dignitaries were also present during this event. A full scale model of Gaganyaan’s crew module was also unveiled during this event.

HSFC shall be responsible for implementation of Gaganyaan Project which involves end-to-end mission planning, development of Engineering systems for crew survival in space, crew selection and training, and also pursue activities for sustained human space flight missions.

HSFC will take support of the existing ISRO Centres to implement, the first development flight of Gaganyaan under Human Space Flight Programme. Dr. S Unnikrishnan Nair is the founder Director of HSFC and Shri R Hutton is the Project Director of Gaganyaan project.

"Human Space Flight Centre is operational now... The facility is next to ISRO headquarters," ISRO tweeted.

ISRO aims to send humans to space by December 2021 through the Gaganyaan mission.

Gaganyaan is the "highest priority" for ISRO in 2019, according to the space agency, and the plan is to have the first unmanned mission in December 2020 and second for July 2021.

Credit: ISRO


  1. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) should apply for membership in the International Space Station (ISS).