Russia, France to train astronauts for Gaganyaan

Russia and France will be helping India with its first manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’ that will be sent in the year 2022.

While the Russian space agency Roscosmos will training four Indian astronauts of which three will be selected to go onboard India’s first human space mission programme, France will be training their medical support personnel.

Training of medical support personnel will be carried out in France and in India. Glavkosmos, which is a subsidiary of Russian space agency Roscosmos and manages the international space project, has signed a contract with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for training the four Indian astronauts at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

TEAMWORK

  • Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of Roscosmos has signed a contract with ISRO for training the four Indian astronauts
  • France will be training their medical support personnel
  • Training of medical support personnel will be carried out in France and in India

The development comes in the backdrop of Nation Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s Moscow visit during which he met Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin.

“The sides discussed possible Indian crewed flight carrier rocket aerodynamic tests, as well as piloted vehicle and crew rescue system. It is planned to reach an agreement until the end of August 2019,” a release from Roscosmos said.

“Russia and India are expecting to negotiate the contracts to supply windows, crew seats and spacesuits for the Indian crewed mission,” it added. France and India meanwhile announced to further their space cooperation during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the country that is underway.

“France and India desire to deepen their space cooperation so as to meet new challenges together, whether it concerns planetary exploration or human spaceflight”, India-France joint statement released on Thursday said.

The Rs 10,000 crore Gaganyaan project was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Independence day speech from Red Fort on August 15, 2018 and involves three members Indian crew being sent to space for a period of seven days.

After this manned mission, India will become the fourth country after Russia, the United States and China to send humans in space.

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