ISRO signs contract with Glavkosmos for the selection support, medical examination and space training

Last Updated: July 9, 2019

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ISRO signs contract with Glavkosmos for the selection support, medical examination and space training
09 July 2019 Current Affairs: Indian Space Agency, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), has signed a contract with Glavkosmos, a Russian company. The agreement aims for the selection support, medical examination and space training of Indian astronauts for the country’s proposed maiden manned space mission Gaganyaan. 

Agreement:
Signed by: The signing of the contract was done by Glavkosmos’ first Deputy Director General Natalia Lokteva and S Unnikrishnan Nair, Director of Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC) of ISRO.
Under the contract, the work will be provided with support of  the Federal State Budget Organisation named Yu.A. Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center and Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

ISRO agreement with IAF:
ISRO has already an agreement with Indian Air Force (IAF) for future manned space missions under the Gaganyaan project. As per the agreement, the crew selection and training was to be conducted at ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre to develop life support systems, crew training and planning. 

Glavkosmos:
Glavkosmos was established in 1985 and headquartered in Moscow, Russia. It is a Russian launch service provide. It functions under the state corporation Roscosmos.

Gaganyaan Mission:
Gaganyaan is an Indian crewed orbital spacecraft. The mission is intended to be the basis of the Indian Human Spaceflight Programme. 
It was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018. It was approved by the Union Cabinet in 2018. The mission worth Rs. 10,000 crore. 
The Programme is aimed to be launched by December 2021. The spacecraft is being designed to carry three people, and a planned upgraded version will be equipped with rendezvous and docking capability.
A heavy-lift rocket is to be released in orbit around the Earth at an altitude of 350-400km for about a week.
ISRO has planned to send two unmanned missions before the main mission.
 

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