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Astronaut trainees complete abnormal descent module landing

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Chennai, Aug 7 (IANS) Four Indian astronauts who were undergoing training in Russia since February 2020 have successfully completed the training on crew actions in case of abnormal descent module landing on different terrains, said Glavkosmos.

The company is a subsidiary of Russian space corporation Roscosmos and the Indian astronauts are being trained at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC).

According to Glavkosmos, the prospective Indian astronauts have been trained in abnormal descent module landing – in wooded and marshy areas in winter; on water surface and in the steppe in summer.

“In June 2020, all Indian astronauts-elect passed training in short-term weightlessness mode aboard the IL-76MDK special laboratory aircraft, and in July, they were trained to lift aboard a helicopter while evacuating from the descent module landing point,” Glavkosmos said.

According to Glavkosmos, the upcoming programme for the prospective Indian astronauts who will be part of India’s human space mission Gaganyaan includes training in a centrifuge and in a hyperbaric chamber to prepare their organisms for sustaining spaceflight factors, such as G-force, hypoxia and pressure drops.

The regular courses comprise medical and physical training, learning Russian (as one of the main international languages of communication in space), and studying the configuration, structure and systems of the Soyuz crewed spacecraft.

The health of prospective Indian astronauts is monitored on a daily basis, and once every three months, GCTC doctors conduct their thorough medical examination.

According to Glavkosmos, all the Indian trainees are in good health.

The Indians undergo the general space training programme and of the systems of the Soyuz MS crewed spacecraft.

The completion of their training at GCTC is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.

The contract for the training of Indian astronauts between Glavkosmos and the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation was signed on June 27, 2019 and four pilots from the Indian Air Force (IAF) were sent to GCTC for training in space travel and other aspects as part of India’s maiden human space mission Gaganyaan.



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