Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC): To be established in Karnataka
Part of: GS Prelims and GS Mains –III- Space Science & Technology
- India’s world-class facility for training astronauts will come up at Challakere, a shrubby, arid oilseeds town in Karnataka. will be the single-stop consolidating infrastructure and activities related to space travellers.
- It will be a self-contained facility there so that in future, whatever training and activities India is now doing in Russia for the Gaganyaan crew can all be done here
- Gaganyaan is the human space flight programme under which 3 Indian astronauts will go into space by 2022.This will be done by using its own capabilities. A GSLV-Mk III launch vehicle will lift them to their orbit.
- If successful, India would become the fourth nation to conduct a human space flight programme after USSR/Russia, USA and China.