Indian Air Force Officers to Train for ISRO Human Spaceflight

IAF personnel to be on first manned space mission
The Hindu

When India’s first manned space mission takes off, likely in 2017, it will have Indian Air Force (IAF) personnel on board.

The IAF is to train two of its personnel for the mission, in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said a senior IAF official. The proposed manned space mission follows India’s successful lunar probe launch last year.

The manned space mission will carry a two-member IAF crew – becoming the second Indians to go into space after Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma, who was part of the joint space programme between India and Russia in 1984.

Though the ISRO wanted one of its scientists on the mission along with an IAF pilot, the air force proposed that both should be IAF personnel.

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