ISRO, DRDO to Work on Technologies for Human-Centric Systems for Human Space Missions

September 2019

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have come together for development of human-centric systems for the human space mission to demonstrate its human space flight capabilities.

A delegation of ISRO scientists, led by Director, Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair, signed a set of MoUs with various DRDO labs to provide technologies for human centric systems and technologies specific to the Human Space Mission, an official statement said.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy said the technological capabilities existing in DRDO laboratories for defence applications will be customised to meet the requirements of the human space mission of ISRO. Some of the critical technologies to be provided by DRDO to ISRO include space food, space crew health monitoring and emergency survival kit, radiation measurement and protection and parachutes for safe recovery of crew module.

Director General, Life Sciences, Dr A K Singh said DRDO was committed to provide all necessary support to ISRO for the human space flight and customisation of the required technologies had already been initiated to meet the stringent timelines. ISRO aims to demonstrate human spaceflight capability before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022 by launching the orbital spacecraft to be called Gaganyaan.