Design for India's first manned mission to space finished, 4 IAF pilots selected for training
New Delhi : Indian Space Research Organisation ( ISRO) chief K Sivan on Thursday said that the design phase for India's first manned mission to space has been finished. Four Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots have been selected for the training, he told NDTV.
The selected pilots have undergone the medical tests and will be trained in Russia and India in coming days.
K Sivan did not mention about the identity of the four pilots, but revealed that they have been chosen because they were fit and healthy. The ISRO chief also said they have a longer list of candidates and will discuss if any problem arises with the top four.
Speaking about the date of the mission, K Sivan said that ISRO is trying its best to launch the mission by the end of this year or early next year.
"We are targeting the launch for this year but it may spillover to next year," Mr Sivan said.
Talking about the the Chandrayaan-3 mission, the ISRO chief said the existing orbiter will be used and a new launch site has been selected. The country's space programme will attempt the mission next year after Chandrayaan 2 crash landed on the Moon earlier this year in September.