ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) has planned to send a half humanoid robot to space by later this year. The half humanoid robot has been named as ‘Vyommitra’ which means “Friend in Space”. It is a lady robot. It will take off in December 2020, and it will be one of the payloads aboard the unmanned ‘Gaganyaan’ spacecraft.
Last Wednesday, ISRO presented the humanoid at the inaugural session of ISRO’s “Human Spaceflight and Exploration — Present Challenges and Future Trends” event that took place in Bengaluru. ISRO chairman K. Sivan told reporters that it would simulate human functions in space and interact with the environment control life support system.
K. Sivan said “It will be simulating exactly the human functions there (in space). It will check whether the system is right. This will be very useful to simulate as if a human is flying”.
The chairman also said that the human spaceflight venture, Gaganyaan has already been scheduled for December 2021 launch and the agency will be conducting a series of tests by this year in order to prepare for the mega event.
He said “We are on schedule. We are going to do lots of demonstration tests this year. This year-end we will send our unmanned mission and the half-humanoid you have seen today is going to fly in it.”
Interestingly, Vyommitra speaks in a human voice. In a demo session, the robot said in front of reporters present at the event: “Hello everyone. I am Vyommitra, the prototype of the half-humanoid, been made for the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission … I can monitor through module parameters, alert you and perform life support operations. I can perform activities like switch panel operations…”
It seems that ISRO is not letting the failure of its Chandrayaan-2 thwart its ambitions as the organisation has already scheduled for Chandrayaan-3. Do share your thoughts about the Vyommitra in the comment section below!