Humanoid Vyommitra

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The pre-flight ground test of Vyommitra, the humanoid designed and developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to fly on the Gaganyaan mission, began on 7 October.

Important facts

  • The humanoid 'Vyommitra' is currently undergoing pre-flight ground testing at ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU).

  • IISU is responsible for the design and development of inertial systems for ISRO's launch vehicle and spacecraft programmes.

About Vyommitra

  • It is an AI-based robotic system developed at a robotics lab at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) at Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram.

  • It is a combination of two Sanskrit words Vyoma (space) and Mitra (friend), which will be sent on the first unmanned Gaganyaan flight.

  • Humanoid will simulate the human tasks required of space before real astronauts can take off.

  • It is designed in a human-like shape.

  • Vyomitra, designed to speak in Hindi and English, can act as a companion to the astronauts, interact with them and answer their questions.

  • It will accurately simulate human actions in space and check whether the systems are working properly.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) 

  • It was set up on 15 August 1969

  • It is India's national space agency.

  • Headquarters: Bengaluru

  • Chairman: S.Somanath

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