Recently, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) unveiled its first ‘woman’ astronaut, named VyomMitra who will ride to space in the first test flight of the human space mission, Gaganyaan.
She is half-humanoid and her body stops at the torso and has no legs. She is capable of switching panel operations, performing Environment Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) functions, conversations with the astronauts, recognizing them and solving their queries.
The humanoid can detect and give out warnings if the environment changes within the cabin.
She will simulate the human functions required for space before real astronauts take off before August 2022. She will be sent in a space capsule around the end of 2020 or early 2021 to study how astronauts respond to living outside earth in controlled zero-gravity conditions.
The humanoid has been developed by the ISRO Inertial Systems Unit, Thiruvananthapuram.