The first Indian woman to walk in space is one step closer

An Indian woman has been selected to walk into space, the first woman to do so.

Sankranta Prakash was selected for the mission after a competition conducted by India’s space agency, IISc.

The mission will take place at 11:40am IST on December 4.

Prakash, an engineer, was selected by IIScs chief scientist K. Chandrashekar Reddy, who was the first Indian to be selected for space missions.

The first woman was Anurag Agarwal, who worked at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from 1990 to 1995.

Pekka Luhtanen, a spokesperson for IIS, told Business Standard the mission was chosen because Prakas mission is the first of its kind.

She said the competition was conducted under a special protocol, which was decided by the Director General of ISRO and the Chief Secretary of IIT Kharagpur.

She did not specify the nature of the protocol.

“We will be monitoring the progress of the mission and also the impact of this event,” Luhten added.

“We will have a detailed report on this at a later stage.”

Prakas team is led by former IISs chief scientist.

She has been working in IIS since 2014 and her work includes research on the development of satellite navigation systems.

The team is expected to arrive in space at about 11:50am IST.

Luhtananen said Prakasu’s mission was also the first time that the Indian space agency would allow a female astronaut to fly into space.

“This is an important step in ensuring that Indian women will have equal opportunities in space.

It is a sign that we are progressing in our goal of women being able to participate in space programmes,” she said.