Murfett said that the space cooperation between the two countries is on an upswing and the space agencies of India and Australia have recently updated their Memorandum of Understanding.
Understanding how such microbes behave in extreme environments can provide valuable insights for human space missions.
The system performance met the test objectives and there was a close match with the pre-test predictions, Bengaluru-headquartered Indian Space Research Organisation said in a statement.
The mission will be delayed due to the COVID-19-induced disruption in delivery of hardware elements for the ambitious venture, ISRO confirmed on Monday.
The engine was fired for 240 seconds at the test facility of ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri, Tamil Nadu, said the statement.
The food will be put into specially designed desiccated packages and can be eaten after filling the packets with water.
He said India is in talks with Australia to have a ground station at the Coco Islands for the Gaganyaan mission.
The contract for the training of Indian officers was signed between the Indian Space Research Organisation and Russian launch service provider Glavcosmos in June 2019.
India and Russia signed eight pacts on Friday, including on cooperation on Gaganyaan.
Minister of State for Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh said GSLV Mk III, the three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle, will be used to launch Gaganyaan as it has the necessary payload capability.