Spacesuits of Indian Cosmonauts Made By Russia

Glavkosmos JSC, a subsidiary of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos, has announced that Russia will be  manufacturing personal flight equipment for the Indian cosmonauts undergoing training in Russia.

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Research, Development & Production Enterprise Zvezda under the contract of Glavkosmos with the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be making  spacesuits for the Indian cosmonauts.

"On September 3, Indian cosmonauts who have been training for a spaceflight in Russia under the contract of Glavkosmos, visited Zvezda, where their anthropometric parameters were measured for the subsequent production of spacesuits. The contract also provides for the production of individual seats and custom-made couch liners," said the CEO of Glavkosmos Dmitry Loskutov.

In February 2020, Indian cosmonauts started their training in Russia. The 12-month training program includes comprehensive and biomedical training of the Indian candidates, which will be combined with regular physical practices. In addition, they will study in detail the systems of the Soyuz manned spaceship, as well as they will be trained in short-term weightlessness mode aboard the special Il-76MDK aircraft. The Indian pilots will also be trained to act correctly in case of abnormal landing of the manned spaceship descent module in various climate and geographic zones. The most part of the training will take place at the Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) facilities.

The contract for training of the Indian candidates for a spaceflight between Gavkosmos and the Human Spaceflight Centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation was signed on June 27, 2019. The document implies the support of Glavkosmos in selection of candidates, their medical examination, and various aspects of space training.

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