Meet Vyom Mitra, ISRO’s ‘woman’ in space
Indian space agency ISRO has unveiled a robot which will travel to space as part of its unmanned space mission to be launched this year as a prelude to the manned Gaganyaan mission. The half-humanoid robot, named ‘Vyom Mitra’ or a friend in the sky, is capable of conversing with astronauts, recognising them, and responding to their queries.
She can detect and give out warnings if environmental changes within the cabin get uncomfortable to astronauts and change the air condition.
Vyom Mitra was the centre of attraction at the inaugural session of the “Human Spaceflight and Exploration – Present Challenges and Future Trends” seminar in Bengaluru.
“Hello everyone. I am Vyom Mitra, the prototype of the half-humanoid, been made for the first unmanned Gaganyaan mission,” the robot said while introducing itself.
Monitoring module parameters, alerting astronauts and performing life support operations are among the many functions it is capable of performing.
ISRO will send two unmanned missions before the Ganganyaan mission. It will monitor how the human system will behave in the environment control life support system.
Four Indian Air Force pilots have been shortlisted for the manned mission. They are currently undergoing an 11-month training programme in Russia.