News update: ISRO formally asks IAF to select & train astronaut candidates


ISRO has formally requested IAF to select and train 10 astronaut candidates for Gaganyaan project.

ISRO chairman K Sivan said, “We have fixed all criteria and requirements for crew selection and training and submitted the same to the IAF. The air force has now been given the full task of selection and training of the crew. The first two levels of training of the crew will happen at the IAF’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM, Bengaluru) and the final phase of training will be abroad.”

He said that three from the select group shall take part in maiden manned Gaganyaan. Either Russia or France could be the countries where advanced training for astronauts ("Gaganauts") will happen.