Isro asks IAF to se­lect and train 10 Ga­ganauts

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Suren­dra Singh @times­

New Delhi: Isro has fi­nally tasked the IAF for se­lec­tion and train­ing of 10 crew mem­bers for the coun­try’s first hu­man space­flight pro­gramme or Ga­ganyaan.

Talk­ing to TOI, Isro chair­man K Si­van said, “We have fixed all cri­te­ria and re­quire­ments for crew se­lec­tion and train­ing and sub­mit­ted the same to the IAF. The IAF 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.” On the num­ber of crew, Si­van said, “We want IAF to train 10 can­di­dates for the Ga­ganyaan mis­sion. Out of them, we will pick fi­nal three for the maiden space jour­ney.” On train­ing abroad of the Ga­ganauts, Si­van said Isro has two-three coun­tries in mind and but “no fi­nal call has been taken yet”.

IAM, which con­ducts re­search in aerospace medicine and trains air­men and pi­lots, had ear­lier pro­vided med­i­cal sup­port to the Indo-Soviet manned space flight pro­gramme in 1980s. On Jan­uary 30 this year, Isro had inau­gu­rated the Hu­man Space Flight Cen­tre at the agency head­quar­ters in Ben­galuru.

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