Vyommitra: The Optimistic ISRO Robot Joining India’s Gaganyaan Mission

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Vyommitra: The Optimistic ISRO Robot Joining India's Gaganyaan Mission

Who Is Vyommitra? ISRO to Send a Robot on Its Gaganyaan Mission

Imagine a person who isn’t a human but helping us discover the secrets of space. Here we are talking about Vyommitra, the space-traveling robot made by the ISRO. She’s embarking on an adventure on India’s very first manned space mission, Gaganyaan. But do you know, who exactly is, and what role will she play in this Mission?

Vyommitra is a half-humanoid robot with a robotic torso and head. She has two arms and two legs, although her legs don’t work. Instead, she’s designed to float gracefully in the microgravity of space. Now you can imagine a space explorer in human form, here to assist astronauts and the Gaganyaan spacecraft.


Why Is She Named Vyommitra?

Her name comes from two Sanskrit words: “Vyoma,” meaning “space,” and “Mitra,” meaning “friend.” So, she’s like a friendly space companion helping humans venture beyond our planet.

What’s Vyommitra’s Mission?

She will take part in uncrewed Gaganyaan’s mission to perform vital experiments in microgravity. She will take care of spacecraft’s systems support astronauts during manned missions, and gather valuable data about how space travel affects humans in the future.


How Did We First Meet Vyommitra?

She made her debut on January 22, 2020, at the Human Spaceflight and Exploration Symposium in Bengaluru. Since then, she’s been going through tough tests at ISRO’s headquarters in Bengaluru, including pretend space situations.


What Will Vyommitra Do in Space?

Once aboard the Gaganyaan’s mission, She will spend about a week in orbit. During this time, she’ll have some important tasks:

  1. Testing Life Support Systems: She’ll ensure that the systems keeping astronauts alive and well in space are working perfectly.
  2. Navigation Systems: She will double-check that the spacecraft knows exactly where it’s going.
  3. Communication Systems: She’ll make sure that astronauts can have conversations with the folks in charge on Earth.
  4. Data Collection: Perhaps most excitingly, She will collect data on how space travel affects humans.
Chandrayaan-3 will launch in August 2023, will after this human will be able to settle on the moon?

Sending her on the Gaganyaan’s mission is a big deal for reasons like safe testing, where she’ll help test the systems and procedures needed for the manned mission in a safe and controlled environment.

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