Indian Air Force (IAF) to select crew for India’s own 1st manned mission to space


NEW DELHI: Joining the project for country’s first indigenous manned mission to space, Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed an MoU with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and is now planning to set up facilities for selecting the crew for the maiden flight.

Director General of Army Medical Corps ( AMC) Lieutenant General H L Kakria while replying to a query on participation of defence forces in country’s first space mission said IAF is setting up facilities for the first round of selection process which will begin by 2020.

“IAF has entered into an MoU with the ISRO for long term space research. ISRO has supplied it with lot of equipments and the provisional time for first selection is 2020 and the original thing is likely to take place much later,” Kakria told reporters here.

“ISRO has supplied IAF with equipments worth Rs 20 crore and it is in the process of setting up facility for selecting the persons who will participate in the mission,” he said.

Maintaining that the mission would be completely indigenous, Kakria said all equipment required for the project would be supplied by ISRO and there is no collaboration with any foreign company or country.

India in 2010 had announced its plans to carry out first manned mission to space and decided to set up a full-fledged training facility for astronauts in Bangalore.

Besides the astronauts and the training facilities, the space vehicle in which the mission would be launched would be developed in the country.

In 1984, Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian citizen to go into space, flying aboard a Soviet mission and country’s first unmanned Moon mission, Chandrayaan-I, was launched in 2009. [ LINK ]


Indian perspective on Manned Space Missions – reasons & necessary Technologies [Aero India 2011]

Feb 16, 2011

The deputy Project Director at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre for India’s manned Space Mission, involved in developing the crew escape systems, Mr. Harish spoke at the seminar organised during the biennial Aero India Air Show held in the Indian city of Bengaluru [Bangalore] in the month of February.

He spoke in brief about the history of Space programmes, the use of Sounding rockets to study the upper atmosphere, the Cold War competition between the USA & USSR to establish its supremacy in the outer space and how they went about it.

He also gave compelling reasons why India ought to have its own manned space programme. Some of the reasons quoted included being ready & a constructive participant when there is an actual requirement to embark on manned missions, considering the long development period such capabilities require. Space programmes in a country also serve to inspire its citizens to take up studies & research in Science & Technology & gives the required boost to the countries industries — important factors that determine the stage of development of a nation. Also, often, technologies developed as part of the Space programme have beneficial civilian offshoot applications

The dynamic & adaptable nature of a human operator, his dexterity & ability to take decisions according to changing scenario, unlike automated or remotely-controlled space-faring systems, ensures that Human Space missions continues to remain relevant in our pursuit of Space exploration.

He also spoke about some of the the relevant technologies that need to be developed to ensure a safe and viable Human Space flight, laying special emphasis on crew safety & well-being. In fact, as he stated, in a manned Space flight the highest priority is given to the crew safety, even more than that of the mission success – a fascinating lecture.

Aero India

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