IAF pilots picked for manned space mission starts training in Russia

By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |

Updated: February 12, 2020 5:37:47 am

Gaganyaan, ISRO Gaganyaan, Gaganyaan IAF, India Gaganyaan mission, gaganyaan, gaganyaan astronouts, Inian air force pilot, indians in space, india's first human space mission, iaf, Indian express An IAF check pilot undergoes a medical check as a part of the cosmonaut-selection course of. (Indian Air Force/File)

Four Indian Air Force check pilots who’ve been chosen to be trainee astronauts for India’s first manned mission to space, anticipated in a few years, started their fundamental training for space missions on the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC) in Russia on February 10, Russian space company Glavkosmos and GCTC stated in official statements.

“This Monday, Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center has began the deliberate training programme of Indian candidates for a spaceflight underneath the contract between Glavkosmos, JSC (a part of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos) and the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO),’’ Glavkosmos stated in the assertion.

In a welcome handle to the Indian check pilots, GCTC head Pavel Vlasov, a adorned Russian check pilot, stated he hopes the IAF pilots’ flying expertise and testing of plane for the Air Force will assist them succeed in learning space technology.

“I am sure you are familiar with the history of manned space exploration, which means you know how many foreign cosmonauts and astronauts our centre has prepared,” Vlasov advised the Indian trainee astronauts on their first day. “I think with your experience in development of aircraft you will successfully cope with the task of studying space technology. And we will do our best to make your stay in the CPC and Star City as comfortable and effective as possible for you.”

The training programme for Indian astronaut trainees at GCTC will probably be for a interval of 1 yr and can contain biomedical training with common bodily workout routines and research of the techniques on the Soyuz spacecraft, which regularly flies astronauts to the International Space Station.

The IAF pilots can even be skilled in short-term weightlessness mode aboard a particular Il-76MDK plane, in addition to measures for “irregular touchdown’’ of their spaceship in varied terrain.

Oleg Valeriyevich Kotov, 54, a Russian cosmonaut and aerospace drugs professional with 526 days of expertise in space, has helped IAF authorities decide the 4 Indian astronaut trainees from a subject of 60 who have been despatched to endure the choice course of on the IAF Institute of Aerospace Medicine in Bengaluru and the GCTC final yr. The pilots will return for mission particular training to India after a yr at GCTC.

The ISRO is, in the meantime, creating a crew module which can seat an Indian astronaut on the maiden manned flight to space.

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