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ISRO to send humanoid Vyommitra in unmanned Gaganyaan spacecraft ahead of human spaceflight

Before orbiting astronauts on India's first manned mission to space in December 2021, the Indian Space Research Organisation will send 'Vyommitra' on two unmanned missions.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2020, 01.03 PM IST
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  1. Who is Vyommitra?
    Vyommitra is a female humanoid - something that has an appearance resembling a human but is robotic - built by ISRO.
  2. Why has she been built?
    She has been built for ISRO's first unmanned Gaganyaan mission.
  3. What can she do?
    Vyommitra can monitor module parameters, alert astronauts and perform life support operations. "It will simulate the exact human functions in space; it will check whether the systems are right. This will be very useful to simulate, as if a human is flying," said ISRO chief K Sivan.
  4. What is the Gaganyaan mission?
    The Gaganyan mission, scheduled for December 2021, is ISRO's first human space mission. Gaganyan will undertake two unmanned space flights before the manned mission.

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