Ravish Malhotra

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Ravish Malhotra
ਰਵਿਸ਼ ਮਲਹੋਤਰਾ
Intercosmos Research Cosmonaut
Nationality Indian
Status active
Born (1943-12-25) 25 December 1943 (age 72)
Lahore, Punjab, India
Other occupation
Test Pilot
Rank Air Commodore
Selection 1982
Missions None
Retirement November 4, 1994 (1994-11-04)

Ravish Malhotra (born 25 December 1943 in Lahore (now in present-day Pakistan)) is a retired Air Commodore of the Indian Air Force. He was an Air Force test pilot stationed at the test center in Bangalore. He was also the Air Officer Commanding of Hindon Air Force Station near Delhi.

In 1982, he was chosen to train for spaceflight in the Soviet Union's Intercosmos program. Malhotra served as backup for Rakesh Sharma on the Soyuz T-11 mission which launched the first Indian into space, but never went to space himself. Malhotra was awarded the Kirti Chakra in 1984.[1]

Ravish Malhotra qualifed as a test pilot and the highly experienced Wing Commander Malhotra was chosen to undergo training in Russia for the Indo-Soviet Space mission planned in 1984. He successfully completed the extremely demanding training schedule with credit and distinction.

Service No 7678

Branch F(P)

Rank Wing Commander

Unit : Indo Soviet Space

Reference : Gazette of India, 19 May 1984 - No.58 - Pres/85 dated 7 May 1985