Two flight surgeons with the Indian Air Force will soon leave for Russia for an advanced training in space medicine in order to take care of the four gagannauts who are being trained for the Gaganyaan programme, the country’s maiden manned mission to space. Fight surgeons are responsible for astronauts’ health before, during and after the space mission.
Talking to TOI on Sunday, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) chairman K Sivan said, “The two flight surgeons will leave for Russia on January 17 for an advanced training. They will get to train along with four IAF pilots who are already getting astronaut training in Russia” at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center near Moscow. The two flight surgeons will get hands-on training from their Russian counterparts.
The four gagannauts, chosen for India’s most challenging space mission, have been undergoing training in Russia since February last year. The Russian training of gagannauts, which was halted for some weeks last year due to the pandemic, is set to be completed by March this year after which they will get further training in India.
“The two flight surgeons, who have already been trained by French space medicine experts in India earlier, will also travel to France for more training after their Russian visit,” Sivan told TOI.