Training of Gaganyaan astronauts puts on hold due to Coronavirus


Training of four astronauts in Russia has been put on hold as the training center where the exercise had been carried out is temporarily shut due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The four Indian Air Force pilots have been undergoing training at the Yu.A. Gagarin Research and Test Cosmonaut Training Centre near Moscow. Agencies are expected to open the training center by the end of the month.

Once the training in Russia gets completed, the astronauts will return back to India and trained here. They will be trained in crew and service module designed by ISRO and will learn to operate it, work around it and do simulations.

Gaganyaan mission is ISRO’s one of the most ambitious project which is scheduled to complete by 2022. Prime Minister Narender Modi himself ask ISRO to complete the mission by 2022. ISRO will use the GSLV Mk-III rocket for the mission. The mission is aiming to send a three-person crew to space for a period of seven days where they will do microgravity experiments.



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