First Meeting of Gaganyaan National Advisory Council
Release/First Meeting of Gaganyaan National Advisory Council
Today, June 8, 2019, the first meeting of Gaganyaan National Advisory Council was
held at ISRO Headquarters, Bengaluru chaired by Dr. K Sivan, Secretary,
Department of Space.
The meeting was attended by Dr K Kasturirangan, Honorary Distinguished Advisor,
ISRO, Prof K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to Government of
India,Dr B N Suresh, Honorary Distinguished Professor, ISRO, Prof Ashutosh
Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Dr G Satheesh Reddy,
Secretary Defence R&D, Chairman, DRDO, Dr Shekhar C Mande, Secretary DSIR,
Director General, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Prof
Anurag Kumar, Director, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Shri R Madhavan,
Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd., Wing Cdr. (Rtd)
Rakesh Sharma, Former Indian Astronaut, Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor, Assistant
Chief of Air Staff Operations (Space), Rear Admiral D S Gujarl, Asst Chief of
Naval Staff, Indian Navy, Inspector General KR Suresh TM, Deputy Director
General (Operations and Coastal Security) Indian Coast Guard.
During the meeting, Dr Unnikrishnan Nair, Director, Human Space Flight Centre
(HSFC), ISRO, made a presentation on the overall project status of Gaganyaan,
covering technical details as well as collaboration with various national stake
The council deliberated in detail on various aspects of Gaganyaan and appreciated
the efforts made in this regard in the fast track mode and Institutional
mechanisms put in place by ISRO. It stressed the need for setting
priorities at various National Institutions including Industries to accomplish
Gaganyaan. Many essential aspects of Gaganyaan, especially the life
support systems and crew selection and training, were discussed in detail.
In the end, the council emphasised the urgent need for further accelerating the
efforts to realise Gaganyaan in a very demanding time frame of December 2021
amidst formidable challenges.