The Indian Space Research Organisation showed off the spacesuit it has designed in-house for its first human space missions at an event held on Sept. 6.
India's space agency is designing a spacesuit for its astronauts to wear on trips off Earth; this spacesuit was displayed in August. Credit: Pallava Bagla/Corbis/Getty
According to reports by Indian news publications, the agency has already manufactured two of the bright-orange suits and will build a third before crewed flights begin. During the presentation last week, a suit was displayed with text explaining that it is made of four layers and weighs less than 11 lbs. (5 kilograms).
Indegenously developed space suit by ISRO at Gaganyaan Pavilion.@isro @FollowCII #gaganyaan #spacesuit @makeinindia pic.twitter.com/qcbnBVljWXThe spacesuits, which have been in the works for two years, are each equipped with an oxygen cylinder that can support an astronaut for an hour, local reports added.— Space Expo - India (@SpaceExpoIndia) September 8, 2018
The first crewed flight in the program is expected to last between five and seven days and carry three astronauts into orbit.