Isro asks IAF to se­lect and train 10 Ga­ganauts

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Suren­dra.Singh @times­group.com

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.

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