Four Indian cosmonauts resume training in Russia for Gaganyaan mission

The four cosmonauts pre-selected by Gaganyaan, India’s first manned space mission, resumed training in Russia after it was suspended due to fear of COVID-19. Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement that “the Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) resumed training of Indian cosmonauts on May 12 under the contract between Glavkosmos, JSC (part of the Roscosmos State Space Corporation) and the Space Flight Center Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). “All four Indian cosmonauts were in good health.

“The GCTC continues to meet the anti-epidemic requirements that sanitation and hygiene measures are implemented in all GCTC facilities, social distance measures are applied and the presence of unauthorized persons is restricted; all workers and cosmonauts must wear medical masks and gloves, ”he added. Roscosmos also tweeted a photo of the cosmonauts wearing a space suit with an Indian flag.

Currently, four Indian Air Force fighter pilots are being trained in Moscow and are likely to be potential candidates for the Gaganyaan project. The ambitious Rs 10,000 million project is due to be launched in 2022, the year of India’s 75th anniversary of independence, Roscosmos, also said that GCTC experts will give theoretical lessons on the basics of astrogation this week, the basis of people control manned. spaceship and the Russian language for Indian cosmonauts.

The Indian cosmonaut training contract between Glavkosmos and the ISRO Human Space Flight Center was signed on June 27, 2019 and training in Russia began on February 10, 2020. Since the end of March, due to the outbreak of a COVID-19 infection, an interruption was recommended Indian cosmonauts who watched them closely said so.

The authorities had previously said that after training in Russia, cosmonauts will receive specific training for the module in India, where they will be trained in the crew and service module designed by ISRO, will learn how to operate it, get around it and do simulations.

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