- “Young woman” named Vyom Mitra will ride to space in the first test flight of the human space mission, Gaganyaan.
- The ISRO unveiled its first ‘woman’ astronaut to an international gathering here on Wednesday.
- Seated at a desk in a uniform and sporting her name on a custom-made ISRO identity badge, Vyom Mitra created a sensation as she introduced herself to ISRO Chairman K. Sivan and Principal Scientific Adviser K. Vijay Raghavan at the symposium on human space flight.
- Two trial flights without crew will take place with a humanoid — the first around December 2020 and the second around July 2021. Vyom Mitra is the result of a year-long toil of the ISRO Inertial Systems Unit, Thiruvananthapuram.
- The ISRO will send the human-resemblingmodel in a space capsule around the end of 2020 or early 2021 to study how she and later real astronauts respond to living outside earth in controlled zero-gravity conditions.
She can detect and give out warnings if environmental changes within the cabin get uncomfortable to astronauts and change the air condition.