The country’s ambitious first manned space flight, Gaganyaan, will see ISRO partnering with the Institute of Aerospace Medicine, a premier institute of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Bengaluru, to develop a life-support system for survival in space.
Air Marshal Rajvir Singh, Director General Medical Services (Air Force), who was in Pune for the 67th annual Armed Forces Medical Conference and the 57th Armed Forces Medical Research Committee meeting at the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), said that discussions were under way and details would be finalised soon on providing full-fledged medical support for the human-in-space programme.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India’s first human space flight, to be launched before its 75th Independence Day, could be led by a man or even a woman. While the process of finalising those who will be part of the mission is under way at the IAF, authorities at the Institute of Aerospace Medicine are gearing up for the challenge of providing life-support systems.
Air Marshal Singh said that India will soon be joining a very select club of nations launching a human-in-space programme. India is likely to be the fourth country to do so. “The challenge of providing life support in space is enormous, technical and complex and…