ISRO proposes to set up Human Space Flight Centre in Challakere

Highlights:

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has proposed a Rs.2,700 crore master plan to create a top infrastructure that will house its young Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC). 
  • The HSFC was formally announced in January 2019. 
  • It currently works from a temporary place at the ISRO headquarters, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
HSFC: A fact file
  • ISRO has announced to set up India's world-class facility for training astronauts in three years at Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka. 
  • The announcement was made by K. Sivan, ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space.
  • After establishing the centre, everything connected with events and planning of the Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP) will be moved to the Challakere campus. 
  • It is expected that the 400-acre ISRO land at Challakere will be the single-stop consolidating infrastructure and activities related to space travellers.
  • India is currently paying a huge sum to Russia for the training of the first set of four astronaut candidates for the first Gaganyaan mission of 2022. 
  • Also, HSP work is split across various centres like Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram and the U.R. Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru.