Gaganyaan: ISRO teams up with Russian company to train Indian astronauts

PTI Bengaluru | Updated on July 02, 2019 Published on July 02, 2019

The Indian Space Research Organisation has signed a contract with a Russian company for selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts for the country’s proposed maiden manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’.

The contract was signed by Glavkosmos’ first Deputy Director-General, Natalia Lokteva, and Director of the Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) of ISRO, S. Unnikrishnan Nair, on June 27. Glavkosmos is a Russian launch service provider and a subsidiary of the state corporation Roscosmos.

In a statement on its website, Glavkosmos said it would render consulting support in the selection of candidates, providing medical examinations and space flight related training for the astronauts selected.

“The work will be provided with the support of the Federal State Budget Organisation - the U A Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Centre and the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences,” it said.

Gearing up for the mission announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ISRO has set up a Human Space Flight Centre to facilitate the manned voyage involving a three-member crew.

‘Gaganyaan’ is set for a December 2021 launch and is likely to include a woman astronaut, ISRO Chairman, K Sivan, had said earlier.

The initial training would be in the country, but advanced training might be abroad, maybe in Russia, he said.

ISRO had, in May, signed an MoU with the Indian Air Force for cooperation in crew selection and training for the Gaganyaan Project.

The Union Cabinet gave its nod for the Rs 9,023-crore programme in 2018.

In his Independence Day address last year, Modi had announced that the mission would be undertaken by 2022 using ISRO’s own capabilities.

Published on July 02, 2019
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