Vyommitra, a female-looking humanoid robot, is set to take part in a space mission as reported in the Hindustan Times. Developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Vyommitra will reportedly be a crucial element in testing systems and protocols for the upcoming manned mission. With her resemblance to humans, she will participate in microgravity experiments during unmanned Gaganyaan missions. Her presence on these missions will encompass a range of responsibilities, including monitoring module parameters and providing essential support to astronauts in crewed missions.
A Fusion of Technology and Design:
Designed as a half-humanoid robot, Vyommitra has a robotic torso and head, complete with two functional arms. While her legs are non-functional, this design enables her to navigate microgravity conditions and interact with both astronauts and the Gaganyaan spacecraft. Unveiled at the Human Spaceflight and Exploration Symposium in Bengaluru on January 22, 2020, Vyommitra’s name is a fusion of “Vyoma,” signifying “space,” and “Mitra,” translating to “friend” in Sanskrit.
Vyommitra’s Mission in Orbit
Dr. Jitendra Singh, Union Minister of State for Space, disclosed on Twitter that Vyommitra will play a pivotal role in ISRO’s Gaganyaan Mission. Since 2021, Vyommitra has undergone rigorous testing at the ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru, including simulations of space conditions. On launch day, Vyommitra will embark on a journey within the Indian Spacecraft Orbital Vehicle (ISRO), marking the beginning of her mission in orbit.
Scientific Endeavors in Orbit
During her week-long stay in orbit, Vyommitra will undertake a series of tasks. These assignments encompass testing of life support, navigation, and communication systems. Beyond this, Vyommitra’s data collection will focus on the physiological impact of space travel on humans. This information will not only be used to enhance the design of the Gaganyaan spacecraft but also contribute to the formulation of protocols for future manned space missions.