Pak to train Air Force pilots as astronauts for space mission in 2022
Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday through a tweet announced that the selection process of the astronaut for the space mission would start from 2020. He added that it will send its first astronaut to space in 2022 using close ally China’s satellite launch facilities.
Incidentally, the announcement has come after India successfully launched its second lunar mission Chandrayaan 2.
The minister tweeted, “Fifty people will be short-listed. The list will then come down to 25 and in 2022 we will send our first person to space. This will be the biggest space event of our country.”
He also added, “The Air Force will be the custodian of the selection process. Globally pilots are selected for space missions. Initially 50 pilots will be selected from which the list will be brought down to 25 and then 10. These 10 will be trained and eventually one pilot will be sent to space.”
It may be noted that Pakistan launched two indigenously-built satellites, onboard the Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre at the Gobi Desert.