Glavkosmos signed a contract for space training of Indian astronauts


On June 27, 2019, First deputy Director General of Glavkosmos (part of Roscosmos State Corporation) Natalia Lokteva and Director of Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)Dr. S.Unnikrishnan Nair signed a contract for selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts.

Glavkosmos will render to HSFC services on consulting support of selection of candidates for the Indian astronauts, providing medical examination of the candidates for access to space flight related training program and providing space flight related training for the Indian astronauts selected on the basis of the medical examination.

The work will be provided with support of the Federal State Budget Organization «U.A. Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center» and Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Human Space Flight Centre is a part of Indian Space Research Organization established to develop life support systems, crew training and planning for future missions under the Gaganyaan project.

Glavkosmos is a subsidiary of Roscosmos State Space Corporation. The main mission of the company is promotion of the achievements of the Russian space industry to the world market and managing complex international projects. For more than thirty-year history of the company over 120 international contracts have been successfully fulfilled, including orbiting of more than 90 satellites as secondary payload.

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