The indigenously developed manned underwater submersible vehicle, Matsya 6000 that is capable of taking 3 humans to a depth of 6,000 metres (m), will be ready as for its launch in 2024 for the Samudrayaan Mission.
About Matsya 6000:
i.MATSYA 6000 is an undersea submersible vehicle designed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and developed by the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) under the aegis of Deep Ocean Mission (DOM). The navigation and electronics aspects of the vehicle were designed by the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), MoES. Click here to know more
i.Matsya 6000 is of 2.1 m in diameter with Titanium Alloy Personnel Sphere of 80 mm thickness that uses a battery powered propulsion which can reach a maximum depth of 6,000 metres.
ii.It has the operational capacity of 12 hours and during emergencies it can operate up to 96 hours for deep ocean exploration of non-living resources such as polymetallic manganese nodules, gas hydrates, hydro-thermal sulphides and cobalt crusts, located at a depth between 1,000 m and 5,500 m.
- It will also study cobalt crust, hydrothermal sulphides, hydrates and polymetallic manganese nodules in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
About Samudrayaan Mission:
i.In October 2021, Union Minister of State, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Jitendra Singh launched India’s first and unique manned Ocean Mission Samudrayaan that aims to send humans for deep sea exploration.
- By the launch of samudrayaan mission, India will join the elite club of countries that includes United States, Russia, France, Japan, and China.
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India Meteorological Department (IMD), ministry of Earth Sciences celebrated its 147th foundation day 14th january 2022. India’s 1st Climate Hazard & Vulnerability Atlas was launched based on 13 most hazardous meteorological events.
About Ministry of Earth Sciences:
Minister of state (independant charges) – Dr. Jitendra Singh (Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir)