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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has showcased a new space suit. The new suit was revealed at the launch of the sixth edition of Bengaluru Space Expo. The development of the suit took two years and was in works at Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thiruvanathapuram.
The orange-colored suit is capable of holding one oxygen cylinder, allowing the astronauts to breathe in space for up to 60 minutes. The space research firm has already built two space suits and will produce another one as three astronauts will be the part of the manned mission. This will be the first time ISRO will be sending astronauts into space. The mission is slated for the year 2022.
ISRO also demonstrated the crew model and the crew escape model. A prototype crew model has already been tested by the company. The three astronauts will be in space for a week in a 400km orbit from the Earth's surface. The capsule will feature a thermal shield which will catch flame while traveling back towards Earth's atmosphere.
The shield will make sure that the temperature inside the capsule remains up to 25 degrees. The capsule is said to rotate around the Earth every 90 minutes and astronauts will be able to witness the sunrise and sunset from the capsule. The astronauts will also be able to see India twice every day. The purpose of the mission is to conduct experiments on microgravity.
The spacecraft will carry the astronauts into space taking 16 minutes from take-off to reach 400-km from Earth. While returning, the capsule will take half an hour to enter the atmosphere. The spacecraft is said to land in the Arabian Sea, near the Gujrat coast where Indian Navy will lift the shuttle as it takes a dip in the water.