ISRO chief K Sivan
ISRO chairman K Sivan addressing a conference in | Representational image | Praveen Jain/ThePrint
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ISRO chief K Sivan said they were looking for people with flying experience to send on India’s first manned space flight being planned for 2022.

New Delhi: The astronauts on the human space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ will mostly be pilots, hinted Indian Space Research Organisation scientists Friday.

“We are looking for people with sufficient flying experience,” said an ISRO scientist requesting anonymity.

Also read: ISRO announces Chandrayaan-2 launch in April, Gaganyaan could be in space by 2021

ISRO Chairman K Sivan said the Indian Air Force and other agencies will play a major role during the selection of astronauts for the human space mission project.

ISRO chief K Sivan | Praveen Jain/ThePrint
ISRO chief K Sivan | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Another scientist said the Defence Research and Development Organisation too will play a major role in this endeavour.

Addressing a press conference here, Sivan said the first unmanned mission for ‘Gaganyaan’ has been planned for December 2020, the second unmanned mission for July 2021 and the final manned mission by December 2021.

Also read: Govt clears Rs 10,000-crore Gaganyaan mission to send 3 Indians to space by 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the ‘Gaganyaan’ project envisaging sending three humans to space by 2022. -PTI

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