Bengaluru: Before sending humans in space by 2022, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will use a humanoid, not animals, to test systems for the Gaganyaan project, said reports on Friday. (Also read: Fire Breaks Out at ISRO)

“The humanoid is almost ready,” ISRO chairman K Sivan was quoted by a leading daily as saying. Sivan added, “This mission should serve a purpose beyond displaying our ability to send humans and bring them back safely.”
“Our robot will be able to do whatever a man can do, although not as extensively as him. We want to show that even the first flight will not go empty and utilise the opportunity to the maximum. We will use our own
humanoid model,” he said.

The space agency would be looking at experiments from at least ten areas, ranging from testing medical equipment to microbiological experiments such as air filters and biosensors, and from life support and biomedical waste
management to monitoring toxic gases.

The daily reported that the agency has received over 40 proposals from research institutes. Experts who would make the final selection would be evaluating them.

The Centre has cleared Rs 10,000 crore for the project. “We had set up 11 Concept Review Committees with each focusing on one or more sub-systems.” He said all the committees had completed their reviews and they had already had an integrated committee meeting. “The design is likely to be finalised and frozen either this week, which will be followed by procurement, making of proto-models and tests,” he said.

Meanwhile, ISRO would be launching a satellite exclusively for the Home Ministry to help it further strengthen its frontiers with Pakistan and Bangladesh among others, according to an official statement issued on Thursday. The move is part of recommendations made by a task force on the use of space technology in improving border management which has been accepted by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.