ISRO will launch a data relay satellite to track Gignian

ISRO will launch a data relay satellite to track Gignian

New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch a data relay satellite that will help keep in touch with the Gagan Gyan mission after launch, sources said.
The satellite will be launched before the last leg of the Gagnan mission, which will send astronauts to the Lower Earth Orbit (LEO). The first leg – unmanned mission – is to be launched in December.
“We are planning to launch our own satellite, which will act as a data relay satellite before the first manned spaceflight,” the source said.
He added that the Rs 800 crore project has been approved and work is underway.
Satellites in orbit cannot travel to Earth’s ground stations with their information if the satellite does not have a clear view of the ground station. A data relay satellite is a way of transmitting satellite information.
Along with a robust manned space mission program, NASA also has its own data relay satellite.
This allows for global coverage of all satellites 24 hours a day without the need for additional ground stations on the ground via tracking and data relay satellites.
ISRO uses several ground stations around the world. Mauritius, Brunei and Bike, Indonesia
Last month, ISRO Chairperson Sean said the space agency was also in talks with its Australian counterpart to build a ground station on the Coco Islands for the Gagnon mission.
However, there are blind spots, due to which the signal may not be received. The data relay satellite will help solve problems.
Earlier this month, ISRO signed an agreement with the French space agency CNES to co-operate with Gagnian, under which the training of Indian flight doctors will be possible at the French space agency’s facilities.
Under the agreement, French equipment developed by CNES, experienced and still operating inside the International Space Station, will be made available to Indian personnel.
It said CNS would also supply French-made fireproof bags to protect against shock and radiation.
Last month, four prospective astronauts returned to India after spending nearly a year with Russia.

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