The four Indian astronaut-elects, who are at present training in Moscow will have a rigorous schedule even after they return from Russia early next year and are likely to train in three different Indian cities.
While the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Institute of Aerospace Medicine (IAM) in Bengaluru — which helped select the astronaut-elects as part of an agreement with Isro — will provide some training as reported earlier, TOI has now learnt that the four men are likely to train with Indian army’s Army Sports Institute (ASI) in Pune and navy’s Institute of Naval Medicine (INM), Mumbai.
A source in the know of the astronaut training plans said: “Other than IAM, the ASI and INM have now been roped in by Isro for training of the astronauts. While the former will look into physical fitness and provide rigorous routines, the latter is expected to train the astronaut-elects on dealing with microgravity using some of its under-water simulators and systems.”
Isro chairman K Sivan, while not elaborating on what the army and navy institutes will do, said their responsibility would be to provide “survival training” in different conditions.
“The training in Russia is generic and they (astronaut-elects) will be provided Gaganyaan-specific training upon their return. They will have to undergo medical training, psychological training, advanced training, and flight simulation training,” Sivan said.
Manual intervention and simulations
While the medical training will be a continuous process up to the time of launch, the psychological training will help manage stress in zero-gravity environments, work fatigue, etc.