Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has collaborated with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for development of human centric systems for the Human Space Mission to demonstrate its human space flight capabilities, said a PIB press release.
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, parachutes for safe recovery of crew module and others.
A delegation of ISRO scientists, led by Director, Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair, signed a set of MoUs with several DRDO labs across the country to provide technologies for human centric systems and technologies specific to the Human Space Mission.
The MoUs were signed by Directors of Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment (ADRDE), Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL), Defence Bio-Engineering and Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL), Defence Laboratory (DL) Jodhpur, Centre for Fire, Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES), Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS) and Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) in the presence of Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy and Scientist and Director General (Life Sciences), Dr A K Singh.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, 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.
Dr A K Singh, DG Life Sciences, said DRDO is committed to provide all necessary support to ISRO for the human space flight and customisation of the required technologies has already been initiated. ISRO is palnning to demonstrate human spaceflight capability before the 75th anniversary of India’s independence in 2022.
Apart from DRDO, ISRO has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Air Force’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) to conduct preliminary research on psychological and physiological needs of crew and development of training facilities.
Level 1 of astronaut selection has already been concluded as of September 2019, and the selected pilots have undergone radiological tests, physical exercise tests, lab investigations, clinical tests and evaluation on various facets of their psychology.