Gaganyaan Mission’s much awaited “Gaganyaan Mission Recovery Trial Operations” entered into the second phase. The commencement of harbour trials happened on July 20, 2023. It is performed at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam. ISRO and Indian Navy jointly carried out the trials with the ship identified for the recovery operations. This is also used in first Development Mission of the Test Vehicle. Gaganyaan Mission Recovery Trial Operations are successful.
The trials were conducted at the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam. Moreover they used a mass and shape simulated Crew Module Mock up (CMRM). This mock up was a crucial component in the testing process, ensuring that the recovery procedures accurately simulated conditions.
The various stages of recovery were simulated during the trials. Specifically they include the attachment of the recovery buoy, towing, handling, and lifting of the crew module onto the ship deck. These procedures were executed according to the recovery sequence, demonstrating the preparedness of the teams involved.
To ensure a seamless and safe recovery process, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were fine-tuned based on the experiences from the phase-1 trials at the Water Survival Training Facility (WSTF) in Kochi. This iterative approach allowed for refinements to be made, enhancing the efficiency and reliability of the recovery operations.
Altogether the Gaganyaan Mission Recovery Trail Operations progress is very much encouraging and henceforth the future looks good. The timeline for the project looks packed with scheduled experiments. Although the project timeline is unknown, one can expect a uncrewed mission in 2023 end.
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