Indian Cosmonauts Continue Training In Star City In Self-Isolation
As reported by the Indian Express, four candidates for cosmonauts from India are completely healthy and are now preparing for the flight in self-isolation under the constant supervision of doctors at the Center. "They have already completed about a quarter of the training program for the future manned flight," Glavkosmos told the newspaper. "A full-scale resumption of training will be possible as soon as the situation allows."
Indian candidates have already successfully passed the exams on the knowledge of onboard systems of the transport manned spacecraft "Soyuz" and are currently individually preparing for the exam on the theory of manual control of the ship. The training program is designed for 12 months.
Recall that on July 1, 2019, Roscosmos reported that Glavkosmos and the center for manned space flights of the Indian space research organization signed a contract for consulting support for the selection, medical examination, and training of Indian astronauts. State Minister Jitendra Singh, who oversees the Indian government's nuclear and space industries, said it could take one and a half to two years to prepare Indian crew members for the flight, depending on"individual adaptability."
Earlier, in August 2018, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his country will independently send the first national crew to orbit by 2022 when India will celebrate 75 years of independence. The flight of the first manned ship is scheduled for the end of 2021. The name of the mission "Gahagan" ("GAGAN" is heaven in Sanskrit), the "celestial ship."
Before that, two launches of ships in unmanned mode are planned. On-Board these ships, as reported, may be created in India "robots-humanoids," which will be tested for the flight of the system being developed. And then it will be the turn of the astronauts, who are also called viomanauts ("vioma" means "sky or space" in Sanskrit).
It is extremely important for India that this will be a national crew on an Indian ship. The spacecraft will be able to accommodate three astronauts and stay in space for up to seven days. As a carrier, India plans to use the most powerful of its available missiles - the GSLV-Mk III.