Credit: Roscosmos


Four Indian astronauts continue to undergo training at Russia’s Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow. They are prospective space travelers for India’s Gaganyaan project.

Credit: Roscosmos

According to Russia’s Roscosmos, the foursome “are doing well and are determined to continue training further.”

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

The contract for the Indian candidates’ training for a spaceflight was signed between Glavkosmos, JSC — a subsidiary of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos — and the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organization on June 27, 2019. 

India space program officials are all thumbs up. Behind them, full scale model of the Gaganyaan crew module.
Credit: ISRO


Training of the Indian astronauts began back in February of this year.

Crew actions

To date, the Indian astronauts have completed training on crew actions in the event of an abnormal descent module landing: in wooded and marshy areas in winter (completed in February 2020), on the water surface (completed in June 2020), in the steppe in summer (completed in July 2020).

Credit: ISRO

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 be air-lifted aboard a helicopter while evacuating from the descent module landing point.

Centrifuge, pressure chamber

The training program for Indian astronauts will also include spinups in a centrifuge and stints in a pressure chamber, with the individuals experiencing G-force, hypoxia and pressure drops.

Booster for India’s human spaceflight program.
Credit: ISRO

India has been pressing forward with its human spaceflight program – although the pandemic has taken its toll on schedule.

When the Gaganyaan spacecraft flies with crew, up to three astronauts are expected to take part in a 7-day mission.

For more information on India’s growing human space plans, go to:

India’s Human Spaceflight Program Moves Forward

Also, go to:

India Puts in Motion Human Spaceflight Plan: Make way for “Vyomnauts”

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