Gaganyaan: 4 astronaut-elects return from Russia; India training to begin

The four Indian astronaut-elects have successfully completed their training in Russia and have arrived in Bengaluru recently. Having familiarised themselves with basic astronaut training the four IAF test pilots, now employees of Isro, will soon start with the mission-specific training that will happen in multiple Indian cities.

Dmitry Loskutov, director general, Glavkosmos, the organisation with whom Isro has a contract for astronaut training had told TOI in March: “…Indian astronauts didn’t need any special final exam given that they had passed all the tests and exams in the process of their preparation, he had said that the Russian module was set to complete no later than the end of March and that Isro will determine when they are supposed to return to India.”

Isro chairman K Sivan, confirming their return, said: “They are in Bengaluru and will soon start on the mission-specific training that will happen in different parts of the country.

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