Ajit Krishnan Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Chennai
Wife: Priya Krishnan
Age: 42 Years

Ajit Krishnan

Profession(s)• Indian Air Force pilot
• Astronaut
Known ForBeing a Group Captain of ISRO’s Gaganyaan mission
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Awards & Honours• President’s Gold Medal
• Sword of Honour at the Air Force Academy
Personal Life
Date of Birth19 April 1982 (Monday)
Age (as of 2023)42 Years
BirthplaceChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac signAries
College/University• National Defence Academy (NDA)
• Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) in Wellington, Tamil Nadu
Educational Qualification(s)• Graduated from NDA
• Graduated from Defence Services Staff College (DSSC) [1]Times Now
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Wife/SpousePriya Krishnan (cardiologist at Apollo Hospital)
ChildrenSon- Arjun
Daughter- Ananya

Ajit Krishnan

Some Lesser Known Facts About Ajit Krishnan

  • On 21 June 2003, Ajit Krishnan joined the IAF’s fighter stream after being commissioned.
  • Hailing from the Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE) in Bengaluru, he serves as an Indian Air Force (IAF) test pilot.
  • He also works as an IAF flying instructor, boasting an impressive flying record of approximately 2,900 hours. He has extensive experience of flying both fighter and transporter aircraft, various aircraft types, including the advanced Su-30 MKI, MiG-21, MiG-29, Jaguar, Hawk, Dornier, An-32, and others.
  • Ajit Krishnan has been honoured with numerous awards in recognition of his outstanding performance at the Air Force Training Academy. [2]News Nine
  • Among the four selected IAF pilots, Ajit Krishnan holds the position of the second most experienced pilot, following Group Captain Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair, who has earned around 3,000 hours of flying time. [3]The Hindu
  • On 27 February 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that Prashanth Balakrishnan Nair, Angad Pratap, Ajit Krishnan, and Shubhanshu Shukla are the four astronauts undergoing training for Gaganyaan, India’s inaugural human space flight mission.

  • During an event at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram in February 2024, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conferred ‘astronaut wings’ upon the four Indian astronaut-designates.

    A photo of the wings given to Ajit Krishnan and other astronauts of Gaganyaan mission by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    A photo of the wings given to Ajit Krishnan and other astronauts of the Gaganyaan mission by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • All the candidates, who were selected for the Gaganyaan mission were reported to be test pilots, given that it was India’s first human spaceflight mission. After several rounds of selection, the IAM and ISRO finalized the last four test pilots.
  • All four test pilots began training in Russia in 2020, despite facing delays due to Covid-19. [4]Economic Times From February 2020 to March 2021, he trained in Russia where he learned spacecraft systems, space physiology, and emergency procedures. [5]The Indian Express

  • Gaganyaan mission, which is expected to be launched in 2025, is India’s inaugural crewed space mission, aiming to send four astronauts into a low Earth orbit for three days, and safely return them by landing in the Indian Ocean.