Gaganyaan launch date uncertain but in-flight menu already decided, have a look
Gaganyaan astronauts will be fed a wide variety of Indian cuisines, says DFRL in their latest revelations. Here are all details.
Gaganyaan, the first manned mission to space, is yet to get a launch date owing to the testing of its safety systems. However, the in-flight menu for the three astronauts has already been decided and it is going to be a very different one. In a latest revelation, the Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) Mysore, a lab under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has confirmed what will be the menu for this 7-day trip to space for Indian astronauts when it flies in a few years. The menu items consist of vegetarian and non-vegetarian Indian food items.
In a conversation with Financial Express, the space agency revealed all the details regarding the on-board food items that the astronauts will have. Secretary, Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO Dr G Satheesh Reddy said, “Developing food consumption in zero gravity space is a new and unique challenge, and our scientists are relishing this opportunity. The initial feedback received was incorporated and modified food products are ready for second phase of evaluation.”
Gaganyaan astronauts to get hearty Indian meals
It is said that there will be six different menus that are expected to include items such as upma, poha, and idli for breakfast. Astronauts will then have a choice of meat and vegetarian biryani for lunch. As for dinner, they can choose from chapatis and some gravy with vegetables and meat preparation.
That's not all. Astronauts will also get the option to have halwa or any other alternative as the desert. There will also be a choice of tea, coffee and fruit juices as beverages. The DFRL says that all these food items will be treated as mildly spicy and of someone wants to make it spicier, there will be a sachet available to do the same.
It is also said that the first human mission will span for a week, which is why all the food items will be semi-hydrated. The crew will be required to add water and warm it up.
This isn't the first time that the DFRL is working on food items for space. Back in 1984 when Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma went up to space onboard a Russian Soyuz T-11 spacecraft, the department had made special mango bars for the trip. The DFRL also has experience of developing food items for extreme weather conditions for soldiers posed in Siachen Glacier, submarine sailors and scientists on expeditions to Antarctica.
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