Russia starts manufacturing space suits for Gaganyaan astronauts

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Four astronauts shortlisted for Gaganyaan, India’s first manned space mission, resumed their training in Russia in May after it was put on hold due to COVID-19 scare.

Space suits for Gaganyaan

Russian research and development Enterprise ‘Zvezda’ has started manufacturing space suits for the Indian astronauts, who are likely to be part of India’s first manned space mission ‘Gaganyaan’, a Russian organisation said on Monday. Four astronauts shortlisted for Gaganyaan, India’s first manned space mission, resumed their training in Russia in May after it was put on hold due to COVID-19 scare.

“Research, Development and Production Enterprise Zvezda, a subsidiary of Russian space organisation Roscosmos, has started manufacturing personal flight equipment for the Indian cosmonauts undergoing training in Russia,” said Glavkosmos on Monday.

“On September 3, Indian cosmonauts who have been training for 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 Glavkosmos CEO Dmitry Loskutov.

Glavkosmos is a subsidiary of Roscosmos with which the Human Spaceflight Center (HSC) of the city-based Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a contract to train the Indian astronauts.

The contract for the production and delivery of individual equipment kits for Indian astronauts was signed by Glavkosmos and ISRO’s Human Spaceflight Centre (HSC) on March 11. Indian cosmonauts have been training in Russia since February 10, 2020.

Earlier in May, Russian space corporation, Roscosmos in a statement had said, “Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) on May 12 resumed training of the Indian cosmonauts under the contract between Glavkosmos, JSC (part of the State Space Corporation Roscosmos) and the Human Spaceflight Center of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).” All four Indian cosmonauts were in good health.

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