The Indian Air Force (IAF) has begun the process of shortlisting 10 potential astronauts for the country’s maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’. Of the 10, three, including a woman, will make the cut for the mission expected to be launched by 2022.
Top sources in the defence establishment told ThePrint that the Bengaluru-based Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) will commence the medical process for the potential candidates. They added that the candidates include test pilots and flight engineers.
“The potential astronauts, including those who have volunteered, will undergo tough medical tests that will be more stringent than that for fighter pilots,” a source said, adding that much of the focus will be on “psychological prowess”. Read more