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Indian Air Force, IAF completes first level of astronaut selection for Gaganyaan mission on Sept 6, 2019 in Bengaluru. The Level-1 selection of Indian astronauts for mission Gaganyaan, India’s first human mission to space to send humans to space and bring them back in 2022 has been completed at Institute of Aerospace Medicine, Bengaluru.

Taking to Twitter, the IAF said, “Completed Level-1 of Indian Astronaut selection for Gaganyaan missionat Institute of Aerospace Medicine. Selected Test Pilots underwent extensive physical exercise tests, lab investigations, radio logical tests, clinical tests and evaluation on various facets of psychology. #MissionGaganyaan.”

In May 2019 year, the IAF signed an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for Astronaut Selection for Gaganyaan Mission and training for the Gaganyaan mission.

In July 2019, it was reported that India’s first set of Astronaut Selection for Gaganyaan Mission will be test pilots and that they are likely to all be under the age of 40 years. Given the short timeline for the Gaganyaan Mission, a senior official part of the Gaganyaan planning team, said, “For the first mission (Gaganyaan) the entire crew will be test-pilots. ISRO and IAF have agreed upon this”. Test pilots are both physiologically and psychologically trained to adapt to situations that a space flight demands.



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Gaganyaan is India’s maiden & manned human spaceflight mission and is intended to be the basis of Indian Human Spaceflight Programme. The spacecraft is being designed to carry three people. In its maiden crewed mission ISRO’s largely autonomous 3.7-tonne (8,200 lb) capsule will orbit the Earth at 400 km (250 mi) altitude for up to seven days with a 3 person crew on board. The crewed vehicle is planned to be launched on ISRO’s GSLV Mk III in December 2021. As of May 2019, design of the crew module has been completed.

ISRO’s Gaganyaan – Indian Human Spaceflight Programme.
First launch: December 2020 (uncrewed); December 2021 (crewed)
Crew capacity:

3
Design Life:

7 Days
Applications:

Crewed orbital vehicle
Manufacturers:

Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

Country of Origin:

India
Operator:

ISRO
Applications:

Crewed orbital vehicle
Launch mass:

7,800 kg (17,200 lb) (includes service module)



Abbreviations

ISRO – Indian Space Research Organisation
HAL – Hindustan Aeronautics Limited

IAF – Indian Air Force

HSFC – Human Space Flight Center


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