A woman astronaut to be involved in ‘Gaganyaan’ launch in 2021

The Indian Space Research Organisation has confirmed a deal with a Russian company for selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts for the country’s advanced protected space mission ‘Gaganyaan’.

The first Deputy Director General Glavkosmos Natalia Lokteva and Director of Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) of ISRO S Unnikrishnan Nair signed the contract on June 27.

Glavkosmos in a website stated that it would execute to HSFC services on consulting support of the choice of candidates for the Indian astronauts, rendering medical examination and space flight training for the astronauts chosen.

“The work will be provided with the support of the Federal State Budget Organisation- U A Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center and Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences,” it said in the website.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the ISRO has set up a Human Space Flight Centre to aid the manned journey comprising a three-member crew.

‘Gaganyaan’ to launch on December 2021 and is expected to involve a woman astronaut, ISRO Chairman K Sivan had said.

ISRO signed a MoU on May with the Indian Air Force for assistance in team selection and training for the Gaganyaan Project.

The Union Cabinet gave Rs 9,023 crore in 2018 for the program.

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