France to support India’s first manned mission ‘Gaganyaan’

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India and France announced a working group for Gaganyaan, Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) first manned mission announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the eve of Independence Day. France will provide life support and medicine for the Indian crew members.

The announcement was made by French space agency CNES president Jean-Yves Le Gall at the sixth edition of the Bengaluru Space Expo BSX 2018 on September 6. He also added that agreement would be signed soon with his ISRO counterpart K. Sivan.

CNES president Gall said that ISRO and CNES, will be combining their expertise in fields of space medicine, astronaut health monitoring, radiation protection, space debris protection, life support and personal hygiene systems.

“CNES is especially proud to be working on this endeavour alongside ISRO to share the experience it has acquired from the first French human spaceflights to Thomas Pesquet’s Proxima mission, and to hone our own expertise by learning from ISRO’s innovative developments in the field of crew transport,” Gall added.

The ISRO’s mission is significant as it would make India one of the four countries in the world after Russia, US and China to launch a manned space flight.

India plans to send three humans to space before 2022.