IAF shortlists 10 test pilots for mission Gaganyaan


New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has shortlisted the 10 potential astronauts for the country’s maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’.

Off the 10, at least two are likely to be chosen for the mission that is expected to be launched by 2022. Top IAF sources said that “experimental test pilots” below the age of 39 were eligible for selection.

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The IAF said that it has completed Level-1 of Indian Astronaut selection at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine. The selected test pilots have undergone extensive physical exercise tests, lab investigations, radiological tests, clinical tests and evaluation on various facets of their psychology.

As announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August 2018, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will send three astronauts in a capsule into space around the Earth’s orbit for a week by December 2021 or 2022, which marks the country’s 75th year of Independence.