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Gurbir Singh is a former college lecturer, IT security consultant and now spends most of his time writing on space-related topics.
Gurbir Singh is a UK based space writer. He studied science and computing and holds a science and an arts degree. Once keen on aviation, he has a private pilots licence for the UK, USA and Australia. He was one of 13,000 unsuccessful applicants responding to the 1989 advert in the UK “Astronaut wanted. No experience necessary” to become the first British astronaut, for which Helen Sharman was eventually selected and flew on the Soviet space station MIR in 1991.
He is also the publisher of AstroTalkUK, a not-for-profit astronomy podcast established in 2008. In 2011, Gurbir published his first book, Yuri Gagarin in London and Manchester. The book traces the visit of the world’s first spaceman’s visit to England with first-hand accounts from the people who saw and met him. His second book, The Indian Space Programme published in October 2017, is an account of the origin of India’s space programme, its current capabilities, achievements and future ambitions.
His most recent book, India’s Forgotten Rocket Pioneer, was published in April 2020. The book traces the life and work of Stephen Smith who was experimenting with solid-fuel rockets in Calcutta during the 1930s and 1940s.
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