Launch of India’s first manned ocean mission, “Samudrayan”
India’s first manned ocean mission, ‘Samudrayan’, was launched here on Friday by Union Minister Jitendra Singh, and with it, the nation joined an elite club of nations with such vehicles under -marines to conduct underwater activities. The nation has made huge strides in science and technology and when one Indian soars into space under the Gaganyaan program, another dives deep into the ocean, the minister said. . The Minister tweeted: ” India’s first manned ocean mission #Samurayan launched in #Chennai. India joins the elite club of some nations of the United States, Russia, Japan, France and China having such underwater vehicles. A new chapter is opening to explore ocean resources for clean water, clean energy and the blue economy. ” In his keynote address to the National Institute of Ocean Technology here, Singh said the mission not only increases scientific capacity, but also gives the nation a sense of esteem that “ we are doing something that is no less than any other country in the world. ” ” What we are actually contributing is not just confined to the fields of scientific work, it actually helps to build India’s national esteem, ” he said at the event which also coincided with the celebrations of the foundation day of the institution.
“Very soon, maybe in a year or two, we’ll have a man sinking into the ocean, and I was telling some scientists at ISRO the other day that it was a strange coincidence because Gaganyaan has been delayed.” ” ‘It was to be launched somewhere by the end of this year or before the next Independence Day. I said it was God’s will, now we have a man going up in space and one in the ocean simultaneously. The delay in Gaganyaan has practically synchronized it with your mission on the high seas. So when an Indian goes up in space, at the same time an Indian will go deep into the ocean. See what huge progress, ” the minister said. An official statement says the Matsya 6000 as part of the Samudrayan initiative is capable of transporting three human beings in a titanium alloy personal sphere of an enclosed space 2.1 meters in diameter with a battery life of 12 hours and 96 additional hours in case of emergency. The niche technology facilitates deep ocean explorations of non-living resources such as polymetallic manganese nodules, gas hydrates, hydrothermal sulfides and cobalt crusts, NIOT said. Matsya 6000, the offshore vehicle, will be ready for qualification testing by December 2024, according to a NIOT official. “The manned submersible can take three scientists to the ocean depths to explore the oceans and study the ocean floor and collect data and samples,” the official said. By the end of 2022 or 2023, the shallow water phase (500 meters) is expected to take place, which will be followed by deeper initiatives, he added.
“Indigenous efforts are underway at NIOT for the design of the vehicle and some of the subsystems are being made from the Indian market as well as the global market to its special use in a high pressure underwater environment,” the statement said. . NIOT had developed a mild steel “staff sphere” with local industry for an operational capacity of 500 meters and tested for use according to the International Agency for Classification and Certification for Human Operation during of this month’s sea trial using the ocean research vessel Sagar. Nidhi in the Bay of Bengal. The ocean going vehicle is to be maneuvered on the seabed with six degrees of freedom using a battery-powered propulsion system for 4 hours at 6,000 meters deep, the statement said. Basically, this vehicle is a platform to transport all devices, sensors, etc. on the high seas to carry out experiments / observations in the presence of a human being. ocean simulator. During the program, new skills are added as part of capacity building, which would pave the way for the development of industry in the country under “Atmanirbhar Bharat” during the 75th year of independence of the India. System design, concept of operation, functionality and integrity of subcomponents, emergency rescue, failure mode analysis are examined and certified in accordance with the rules of the International Association of Society of classification and certification for human use of a manned submersible at a depth of 6000 meters, the added version.
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