India’s first human space flight, which is scheduled to be launched in the second half of 2021 will most likely have at least one woman astronaut on board.
The chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) K Sivan said that “It would be a pleasure if a woman would be a part of the first flight”. But it has not been finalised yet. The selection process has not started till now.
The airforce has set some criteria that must be fulfilled in order to be a part of the entire process, as the selection process is long and time taking.
In the past few years around 60 woman have so far made a journey to space including Kalpana Chawla. A capacity of 3 astronauts would be there initially and how many days they would remain in space is to be decided yet.
The whole selection and training procedure would be a simultaneous process. Sivan added that the training would be conducted at facilities within India and abroad.
All the candidates would be from the Indian air force”, Sivan added.