India plans to put a man on the Moon

The Indian Air Force is drawing qualitative requirements for the country’s first manned moon mission.

By Gaurav C. Sawant

NEW DELHI:
CLOSE to half a century after Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, India is getting set to follow in his footsteps.

The Indian Air Force is drawing qualitative requirements for the country’s first manned moon mission.

“ We have been given the responsibility to select a person who can be sent to the moon and carry out required tests,” Air Marshal D. P. Joshi, director general of Armed Forces Medical Services, told Headlines Today.

Following the MoU signed between ISRO and the defence ministry, the IAF is setting up a team to work out the parameters for the mission.

“ Rs. 10 crore has been earmarked for the study. We have just started. We have begun importing certain equipment that the Institute of Aerospace Medicine requires and have commissioned the study,” said Air Marshal A. K. Behl, DGMS ( Air).

The IAF feels fighter pilots are best suited for the moon mission.