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Had to be away. But here are some developments. More to follow later this evening or early tomorrow.

First, the #RLVTDLEX date will be fixed after the lifting trial is done. Isro will use Chinook as opposed to Mi17 as planned earlier. 1/n Image courtesy: @isro
@isro, which has received a key payload #VELC for #AdityaL1 today, has completed survey and radiation studies at Fiji Islands for a temporary station being designed specifically for the Solar mission, while exploration of other sites is ongoing. 2/n
Fiji Islands is one of the options being explored to support the observatory-class space-based solar mission wherein the spacecraft will be placed in a halo orbit around L1. A final decision on location will be taken later based on the exact mission profile of the mission. 3/n
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Here we go. #Thread #space #update

2 key missions of spl test vehicle developed as part of #Gaganyaan are most likely in Aug & Dec. As Iā€™d reported earlier, @isro is working towards 2 tests to establish crew abort & escape systems before the first uncrewed mission. 1/n
We are looking to schedule the 1st abort mission in Aug & the 2nd in Dec: Somnath. @isro to intentionally cause an anomaly & allow crew module to come out of it, do tumbling manoeuvres, deploy parachutes, & land in a designated spot on the sea before being recovered. 2/n
Aside from this ā€” which is only one type of abort test ā€” there are different events such as maximum dynamic pressure condition, maximum acceleration condition, some transient condition etc, in which abort will become critical in flight... 3/n
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