Isro asks IAF to select and train 10 Gaganauts
New Delhi: Isro has finally tasked the Indian Air Force for selection and training of 10 crew members for the country’s first human spaceflight programme or Gaganyaan.
Isro chairman K Sivan told TOI, “We have fixed all criteria and requirements for crew selection and training and submitted the same to the IAF. The air force has now been given the full task of selection and training of the crew. The first two levels of training of the crew will happen at the IAF’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine (Bengaluru) and the final phase will be abroad.”
Sivan added, “We want IAF to train 10 candidates for the Gaganyaan mission. Out of them, we will pick final three for the maiden space journey.” For the training abroad, Sivan said they have Russia and France in mind and but “no final call has been taken as yet”.
Institute of Aerospace Medicine or IAM, which is affiliated to the Armed Forces Medical Services, is the only institute in India and South East Asia that conducts research in aerospace medicine, and trains airmen and pilots. “Since the infrastructure such as simulators at IAM is one of the best in the country, Isro wants to join hands with IAM to train the crew members of Gaganyaan mission,” said Bipin Puri, director general, Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS), according to an agency report.