ISRO unveiled Vyommitra in Bengaluru, India, on 22 January 2020 at the Human Spaceflight and Exploration Symposium.
Meet ‘Vyommitra,’ ISRO’s first female humanoid to accompany the astronauts in Gaganyaan, a crewed orbital spacecraft. Vyommitra is a combination of two Sanskrit words. Vyoma means space and Mitra means friend. This humanoid will be sent to space for testing prior to the manned spacecraft mission around August 2022. It can communicate in two languages – Hindi and English and can perform multiple tasks. The humanoid project has almost completed.
Vyommitra said, “Hello, everyone. I am Vyommitra, the prototype of the half-humanoid, been made for the unmanned Gaganyaan mission.”
Role of Vyommitra
This humanoid can monitor through module parameters, send alerts and perform life support operations. It can perform activities like switch panel operations.
The robot can also be a companion and communicate with the astronauts by recognizing them and responding to their queries.
ISRO Chairman K Sivan said that the humanoid would simulate human functions in space and also interact with the environment control life support system.
According to the scientists of the Indian space agency, Vyommitra will mimic all activities of the Indian crew and will keep constant touch with ISRO’s command and control facility.
The Plan of ISRO
ISRO will undertake two unmanned missions in December 2020 and June 2021. Vyommitra will fly in them.