Glavkosmos, a subsidiary company of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos, has signed an agreement with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to provide life support and spacecraft thermal technologies for the Indian Gaganyaan human spaceflight programme.
The agreement further bolsters Russian involvement in the Gaganyaan programme, with Roscosmos already involved in the selection and training of Indian astronauts for the first mission due to take place in December 2021. Glavkosmos director-general Dmitry Loskutov signed the agreement with Unnikrishnan Nair, head of ISRO’s Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC), at a ceremony in Moscow at the end of October 2019.
The agreement covers GlavKosmos’ provision of life support systems for supplying air, food, water, and waste management to Indian astronauts, as well as the spacecraft’s thermal control system that will ensure that all components and systems are within nominal temperature ranges throughout the mission. Read More