HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has urged the Indian Space Research Organisation to establish its astronaut training centre under the Human Spaceflight Programme (HSP) at Anantapur and offered land, even as the space body announced plans to set up a facility for advanced atmospheric studies near Tirupati.

Replying to Dr. Reddy’s congratulatory message following the launch of Chandrayaan-I, ISRO Chairman Madhavan Nair said the National Atmospheric Research Laboratory (NARL) was functioning at Gadanki, near Tirupati, since 1992.

‘To expand activities’

It was proposed to expand its activities.

He sought 20 acres for setting up a world class facility for atmospheric studies which would attract many Indian and foreign researchers.

Thanking the Chief Minister for the offer of land for the astronaut training centre at concessional rate, he said “we shall approach you in this regard when the implementation plan gets finalised”.

Centre planned

As part of the HSP initiative, a centre was planned around Bangalore in coordination with the Indian Institute of Aviation, Medicine. The Indian Space Research Organisation was pursuing the approval process, Mr. Nair said.