The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28th December 2018, has approved the Indian Human Spaceflight Initiative: Gaganyaan Programme.
The initiative consists of demonstration of Indian Human Spaceflight capability to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days.
This will have a 3-member crew who will be carried by the human-rated GSLV Mk-lll developed by ISRO.
The space suit has been designed by DEBEL, a unit of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
The crew would be trained by Indian Army and Russia.
The 1st phase of the expenditure accounts to a cost of Rs. 9023 crores.
First human space flight demonstration is targeted to be completed within 40 months from the date of sanction.
The Gaganyaan Programme is a national effort and will involve the participation of the Industry, Academia and National Agencies spread across the length and breadth of the country.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will collaborate extensively with National agencies, laboratories, academia, and industry to accomplish the Gaganyaan Programme objectives.
Chairman and Secretary, Dept of Space: K. Sivan