Gurbir Singh holds a science and an arts degree. Once keen on aviation, he has a private pilots licence for 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 www.astrotalkuk.org, a not-for-profit astronomy podcast established in 2008. In 2011, he 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 the product of a 6 year long research project. The book traces India’s space programme, its origin, current capabilities, achievements and future ambitions.