India names astronauts for maiden space flight

India names astronauts for maiden space flight
India names astronauts for maiden space flight

 

 

India has unveiled four Air Force pilots who have been shortlisted to travel on the country’s maiden space flight scheduled for next year.

The Gaganyaan mission aims to send three astronauts to an orbit of 400km and bring them back after three days. Reports say that India’s space agency Isro has been carrying out a number of tests to prepare for the flight.

Recall that in October, a key test demonstrated that the crew could safely escape the rocket in case it malfunctioned. After its success, Isro said a test flight would take a robot into space in 2024, before astronauts are sent into space in 2025.

At a function at the Isro centre in the southern city of Thiruvananthapuram, formerly Trivandrum today, the four astronaut-designates were described as dreamers, adventurers and valiant men preparing to go into space.

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