• The Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM), a centre of the Indian Air Force, is in talks with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to provide medical support to crew members of Gaganyaan, India’s maiden manned space mission.
  • ISRO plans to send a three-member crew to space for seven days by 2022 under the Gaganyaan programme.
  • ISRO has contacted us to collaborate with IAM which conducts research in aerospace medicine and trains airmen and pilots
  • Bengaluru-based IAM is affiliated to the AFMS. (Armed Forces Medical Services)
  • Since the infrastructure such as simulators at IAM is one of the best in the country, ISRO wants to join hands with IAM to train the crew members of Gaganyaan mission.
  • The complexities of life support in space are enormous and IAM is the only centre in the country to contribute in this direction.
  • IAM, which conducts MD programs in aerospace medicine, is the only institute in India and South East Asia which conducts research in aerospace medicine.
  • As per the IAM website, the institute, earlier called Institute of Aviation Medicine, had provided medical support to the Indo-Soviet Manned Space Flight programme in 1980s.