Indian astronauts returned to classes at the Gagarin CPC

(ORDO NEWS) — Four pilots of the Indian Air Force were sent in early February to train at Russian facilities, in preparation for the fulfillment of the first Indian space mission in space.

Four Indian candidates for astronauts resumed their classes in theory and physical training on May 12 at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

The Russian space company Glavkosmos said in a statement on Thursday: “This week, GCTC specialists will conduct theoretical classes on the basics of astronavigation, the basics of controlling manned spacecraft and the Russian language.”

It was also added: “The students are healthy and feel good. Their health is carefully guarded. ”

Four Indian Air Force pilots were to isolate themselves at the end of March, when a new pandemic of the coronavirus virus broke out.

The finalists will be selected from four pilots who will fly around the Earth for 3-7 days as part of the first independent Indian manned space flight, around 2022.

The mission, which is being prepared by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), is estimated at $ 1.5 billion.

Glavkosmos and the ISRO Space Flight Center signed a contract for the training of four future astronauts in space in July 2019.

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