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ISRO’s Astronaut Training Hub in Karnataka

  • 06 Jan 2020
  • 2 min read

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has proposed Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) at Challakere in Chitradurga district of Karnataka.

  • The region already houses some facilities of ISRO, the Defence Research & Development Organisation’s Advanced Aeronautical Test Range, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the Indian Institute of Science. Thus, it is also known as Science City.
  • Moreover, ISRO has also planned to add a quarantine facility at the Sriharikota spaceport.
    • Quarantine is a restriction on the movement of people and goods which is intended to prevent the spread of disease or pests.
    • The quarantine facility would ensure that astronauts who are about to enter the spacecraft before the launch stay unexposed.

Key points

  • All in one facility: Challakere will be the single-stop consolidating infrastructure and activities related to space travellers.
    • Currently, Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP) work is split across various centres such as the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and the U.R. Rao Satellite Centre in Bengaluru.
    • Challakere will also host work related to crew and service modules of the spacecraft that carries the astronauts.
  • Reduction of Cost: The first set of four astronaut candidates for the Gaganyaan mission of 2022 are to train in Russia. For such programmes, the country pays a large amount of money to avail space training facilities abroad.


  • Challakere is a city in Chitradurga district in the state of Karnataka. India.
  • It is called Oil city with numerous edible oil mills around the city.
  • Challakere is famous for kambali (woven blankets) made by the local Kuruba people.
  • It is also known as the "second Mumbai" of India because it is the second-largest producer/supplier of edible oil after Mumbai. There are as many as 60+ oil industries in Challakere.

Source: TH

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