Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) facility has developed a multi-purpose SAKHI App.

About SAKHI App

  • Space-borne Assistant and Knowledge Hub for Crew Interaction (SAKHI) App will help astronauts on the Gaganyaan space flight mission.
  • Its purpose includes facilitating tasks such as accessing technical information, communication, health monitoring, and dietary scheduling.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC)

  • It is the lead Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) under the Department of Space (DOS), Government of India at Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • It is responsible for the design and development of launch vehicle technology.
  • This Space Centre named after Dr Vikram A Sarabhai (father of Indian Space Programme).
  • Sarabhai established several institutions:
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
  • Physical Research Laboratory (PRL), Ahmedabad
  • Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), Jaduguda, Bihar


  • It monitors astronauts’ health by tracking key parameters like blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation, providing valuable insights into their physical condition throughout the mission.
  • It also serves as a reminder for hydration, dietary schedules, and sleep patterns.
  • It ensures seamless communication between astronauts onboard computer and ground-based stations, enabling effective coordination and support.
  • It allows astronauts to maintain mission logs in various formats, including voice records, texts, and images.

Gaganyaan Mission

  • ISRO is hoping to launch the Gaganyaan human spaceflight mission in 2025.
  • The Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) was constituted in ISRO in 2019 to implement the vision of the human space flight programme.
  • Objective: To demonstrates human space flight capability to Low Earth Orbit (LEO) with 3 crew members for 5-7 days in orbit and safely recovers them after the mission.
  • The identities of the four astronaut-designates, all Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilots, were revealed during a high-profile event attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi .
  • Group Captain Prasanth Balakrishnan Nair
  • Group Captain Ajit Krishnan
  • Group Captain Angad Pratap 
  • Wing Commander Shubhanshu Shukla

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