R. Hutton, who was the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) Director, is heading the Gaganyaan project. The Rs 9,023-crore ambitious project involves sending a 3-member crew on board a heavy rocket to an altitude of 350-400 km and orbit around the planet for conducting experiments in space during a … Gaganyaan is the "highest priority" for ISRO in 2019, according to the space agency, and the plan is to have the first unmanned mission in December 2020 and second for July 2021. “On 28 May 19 #IAF signed MoU with ISRO for crew selection and training for the prestigious #Gaganyaan Programme. Indian Space Research Organisation IAF ties up with ISRO for manned mission crew selection. It will take the support of existing ISRO centres to implement the first development flight of Gaganyaan under the human spaceflight programme. The ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at … ISRO chairman K. Sivan, who was present at the event, said from Delhi: “This is the formal beginning of the screening and training of IAF candidates for the human space mission. The centre will have senior scientist Unnikrishnan Nair as its director while the project director would be Dr R Hutton, the ISRO chief said. BENGALURU: The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) said on Wednesday that they’ve signed an MoU for … The IAF tweeted out the news on Wednesday with an image of the Air Vice Marshal (AVM) Ravi Gopal Krishana Kapoor, Assistant Chief of Air Staff Operations (Space), from IAF handing over the MoU (memorandum of understanding) to the Project Director of ISRO's Gaganyaan Programme, R Hutton. "The Centre will be responsible for end-to-end mission planning, development of engineering systems for crew survival in space, crew selection and training and also pursue activities for sustained human space flight missions," said ISRO. Sivan said ISRO had launched the Human Space Flight Centre to take care of all the things related to the manned space programme. The Union Cabinet gave its nod for the Rs 9,023 crore programme recently.
The HSFC was formally announced in January 2019 and works from a temporary place at the ISRO headquarters, Antariksh Bhavan. An ISRO release said that as EMISAT came out, “[Its] two solar arrays were deployed automatically. S Unnikrishnan Nair is the founder director of HSFC, while R Hutton is the project director of Gaganyaan.