Mostly 8th standard passed out students will be selected for the one-month programme. "Three students from each of the 29 States and 7 Union Territories will selected for the Young Scientist program," said Chairman ISRO Dr K Sivan
For the human space flight, ISRO is building a spacecraft that can accommodate up to three astronauts and can remain in space for up to seven days. But Sivan hinted that the first flight may not be full.
Speaking at the ‘Meet The Scientists’ Session of 106th Indian Science Congress at Lovely Professional university in Phagwara, Anuj Sinha while addressing the children said it was “not necessary right now for India to send humans to space for work that can be done by machines too.”
While preparations for sending the first Indian astronaut via an Indian spacecraft have been going ever since ISRO Policy Planning Committee envisaged the idea, the Cabinet approval that came on Friday afternoon was the first official step that concretised the timeline of Gaganyaan Project.
The total cost of the project is reported to be Rs.10,000 crores and the mission, if successful, will ensure India's addition to the club of three countries that have sent a manned mission to the outer space.