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Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma

Service No 12396 Branch F(P)
Date of Birth: -- --- --
Date Commissioned 13 Jun 1970 Course 104 Course
Service End Retired on 30 Jun 1990
Remarks :
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Sqn Ldr
Notes: 1) Ranks shown are substantive ranks at retirement. 2)Branch is at retirement and may not match with branch at Commission 3)Notional seniority is reflected in dates of substantive rank.

Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Ashok Chakra
Sqn LdrRakesh Sharma12396 F(P)Award Date 30 Aug 1984Announced 26 Jan 1985
Details :

In January 1982, when it was decided that an Indian would go into space on a Soviet space ship, Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma volunteered for this very challenging mission. After a very rigorous selection process, which included a most exacting medical test, he was selected as one of the two cosmonaut candidates from among 150 highly qualified and experienced pilots of the Indian Air Force. After his selection, he underwent training as a cosmonaut at YURI GAGARIN CENTRE in the USSR, where he applied himself with total devotion and dedication and won acclaim from Soviet Space experts. Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma completed a most arduous training schedule, with distinction and with exceptional professionalism.

Unit : Indo Soviet Space
Reference : Gazette of India, 19th May 1984 - No.57 - Pres/85 dated 7th May 1985