- Vyom Mitra ( Half Humanoid Robot ) will first fly an unmanned mission in December 2020.
- She will be flying alone in 2 confirmed test flights of Gaganyaan before the actual human Mission which will be in 2021.
- She can monitor through module parameters, alert and perform life support operations. she can perform activities like switch panel operations.
On 22nd July 2019, India launched it’s mega mission Chandrayaan-2 and aimed for the south pole of the moon. The mission did face some failures but was definitely a new leap in India’s space missions and now we are ready for the next step, a manned mission. India’s first manned mission is being called Gaganyaan and will be launched somewhere in late 2021 and The first unmanned mission under Gaganyaan by December 2020 where vyom mitra will fly.
Vyom Mitra ( friend in space ) or simply a space friend is a humanoid robot designed specifically to help and guide future Indian astronauts or vyomanauts or now being called Gaganauts to the beautiful yet challenging outer space.
It is definitely important for ISRO to test all the instruments and the main rocket before the actual human flight and that is where vyom Mitra comes in, rather than opting for an animal for a test flight like other countries, ISRO decided to go with a humanoid robot. She was first revealed by ISRO in the inaugural ceremony of Human Spaceflight and Exploration – Present Challenges and Future Trends. She will be flying alone in 2 confirmed test flights of Gaganyaan before the actual human Mission which will be in 2021.
In the inaugural ceremony, she was spotted speaking about her functions to the visitors.
“I can monitor through module parameters, alert you and perform life support operations. I can perform activities like switch panel operations”
As per the reports she also added that “I can do switch panel operations, ECLSS [environment control and life support systems functions], be a companion, converse with the astronauts, recognize them and also respond to their queries.”
Dr. K. Sivan, the chairperson of ISRO also added that “It will be simulating exactly the human functions there (in space). It will check whether the system is right. This will be very useful to simulate as if a human is flying.”
Dr. Jitendra Singh also tweeted about the same and even shared a video of interaction with vyom Mitra.