The Flight Test Vehicle Abort Mission-1 (TV-D1) for the Gaganyaan mission is launched from the First launchpad at SDSC-SHAR in Sriharikota.
India’s space agency has carried out the first in a series of test flights ahead of its planned mission to take astronauts into space in 2025. The Gaganyaan spacecraft was launched at 10:00 local time (04:30 GMT) on Saturday from Sriharikota.
2025’s Gaganyaan project aims to send three crew members into space for three days, launching them into a 400 km orbit above the Earth and bringing them back to land. Gagayaan will make India the fourth nation to launch a spaceflight mission after the United States, Russia, and China.
Gaganyaan’s test flight will cover a 17 km distance before returning back to Earth. The test flight will cover a distance of 17 km in a span of approximately 9 minutes and will return to the Earth. The test flight will land in West Bengal.