Hit by disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the launch of India’s unmanned space mission under the first leg of Gaganyaan, planned for December 2020, is likely to be delayed, sources said.
It was part of the two unmanned missions to be undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organisation ahead of the planned launch of India’s maiden human spaceflight under ‘Gaganyaan’ in December 2021.
The likely delay in the first unmanned mission was recently conveyed to the Space Commission, the apex policy making body on space related issues.
The Space Commission is headed by ISRO chairman and Department of Space secretary K Sivan.
Two years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the human space mission in his Independence Day address.
The Gaganyaan mission aims to send a three-member crew to space for a period of five to seven days by 2022 when India completes 75 years of Independence.
The ISRO had started planning for the mission accordingly. The first unmanned mission was planned in December 2020, the second unmanned mission in June 2021.