Four astronaut-elects will train in Bidar, Karnataka, for the Gaganyaan mission
6th Sep, 2021
For The Gaganyaan mission's four astronaut-elects landed in Bidar, northern Karnataka, for the first leg of their training module in India.
Last week, four Indian Air Force test pilots arrived in Bidar. They will spend the next week flying in fighter planes at the IAF base in Bidar, which houses the Hawk jets, before moving on to other aspects of training.TOI was the first to report that the astronauts will begin training in the first week of September. Confirming the news, Isro chairman K Sivan stated that the training was deemed necessary based on expert advice because the four pilots had been "out of the loop for more than a year."
Wing Commander (retd) Rakesh Sharma, a former astronaut who flew to space on a Russian mission in 1984, stated, "...Any skill set cannot be allowed to rust, and this is a continuity training." Because they are a cut above the rest as pilots, test pilots are inducted to prove systems that have never been proven before, to create new protocols, and so on. This training will ensure that their core skill set does not become obsolete or rusted.Furthermore, after the National Medical Advisory Council, which was formed specifically for the programme, had laid out the protocol to be followed in the event of a pandemic, the astronauts would begin their academic or theory courses.
The council has established guidelines for physical separation, the use of a glass separator between astronauts during academic training, and the creation of bio-bubbles while they are training on specific modules, among other things.