India, France holds discussions for Mission Alpha-like equipment for Gaganyaan astronauts

India and France are in an advanced stage of discussions for providing Mission Alpha-like equipment to ‘Gaganyaan’ astronauts.

According to a senior official at the French space agency, National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), the discussions are in the final stage and an announcement is likely to be made soon regarding the same. The official also confirmed that the work on the instrumentation for Mission Alpha was on.

Mission Alpha is the name given to French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet’s mission, under which, he will be sent off to the International Space Station (ISS) while flying on Crew Dragon spacecraft early next year.

Key Highlights 

• ISRO and CNES are holding discussions for providing required equipment to the Gaganyaan astronauts, similar to the one that will be used by French Astronaut Thomas Pesquet during Mission Alpha.

• Pesquet, who spent six months on the International Space Station between November 2016 and June 2017, is currently training with Crew Dragon spacecraft and station simulators for Mission Alpha, in which he will return to the ISS.

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