Meet 4 astronauts selected for Gaganyaan mission

meet 4 astronauts selected for gaganyaan mission

Meet 4 astronauts selected for Gaganyaan mission

BENGALURU: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday bestowed the astronaut wings and introduced to the world the four astronauts-elect: Group Captain Prashanth Nair, Group Captain Angad Pratap, Group Captain Ajit Krishnan and Group Captain Shubhabshu Shukla.

All four, short-listed four years ago, are Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilots from Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bengaluru.

TOI had reported in its Tuesday edition, based on sources that the astronauts-elect are Prashanth Nair, Angad Prathap and Ajit Krishnan, which the PM announced, but the fourth name sources had indicated to TOI, test pilot Chavan (whose full name was not immediately available), is not among the selected four.

Isro chairman S Somanath said: “Three important projects are being dedicated to the nation which have been completed on time. These mark significant additions to Isro infrastructure. We’ve seen tremendous progress made by Isro with the kind of missions, especially, Chandrayaan-3 and Aditya-L1 which made the world turn back to look at India. The 2047 vision made public has ambitious projects to make India Viksit Bharat and Isro will work towards achieving this.”

The projects Somanath referred to are the PSLV integration facility at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota; semi-cryogenics integrated engine and stage test facility at Isro propulsion complex in Mahendragiri; and Trisonic wind tunnel at VSSC. He added: “This is a golden letter day for Isro having the PM amid us. This is the first time a PM is visiting this Isro facility in 40 years.

In July 2019, TOI first reported that all astronaut-elects for Gaganyaan would be test pilots given that it was India’s first human spaceflight mission and by virtue of their specialisations, test pilots have always been called upon to study deeply all that can probably go wrong in something that has not been tried before.

While a large number of test pilots had enrolled to become astronauts, 12 of them made it past the first level of selection completed in Sept 2019 in Bengaluru. The selection was done at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM), an institute under the Indian Air Force (IAF).

After multiple rounds of selection, the IAM and Isro then shortlisted the final four. By early 2020, Isro sent the four test pilots to Russia for initial training, which after some delay induced by Covid-19, was completed in 2021.

Since then, the four have been undergoing various training modules in India. Isro has tied up with multiple agencies, including from the armed forces for the same. Isro has also been working on equipping its Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) with various simulators for the training. They are also continuing with their regular flying with IAF to remain fit, while other fitness regimes are also part of their routine.

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