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07.02.2019

From Russia with love

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Even strong frosts this year are unable to discourage tourists from discovering the world of cosmonautics. Besides, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City looks as astonishing in winter as in summer. Our French guest didn’t fear colds neither. The beginning of February was marked by another tour to Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Sebastian’s wife asked us to arrange the tour programme as a gift to her loved one.

31.01.2019

Best St Valentine’s Day Gift

Brace yourselves, St Valentine’s Day is coming. In many world countries people want to spend this day making romantic surprises for their beloved and showing their true feelings. We are very glad to help 21st century romanticists to turn their most outstanding dreams and ideas into reality: sync aerobatics at sunset, family complex space training in GCTC and even marriage proposal aboard Mig-29 supersonic fighter via radio communication system during breathtaking aerobatics not to

28.12.2018

New dates of zero-gravity flights for 2019

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New dates of zero-gravity flights for 2019 are approved. The nearest flights are planned for the period April 24-26. Book now and get your personal flight suit as a Christmas gift!

28.12.2018

‘Baptism by fire’ of the beginner-pilot and the pre-New Year aerobatics

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Another L-39 jet-trainer flights took place today. The first guest from Switzerland had been dreaming of becoming a pilot since he was a child and today, as a birthday present for his 18th anniversary, he got a flight on a real jet-trainer with aerobatic manoeuvres above the vast winter expenses of Kaluga region. The other guest from England already has a pilot license. Before that he flew propeller-planes and then he decided to get acquainted with jet-planes.

26.12.2018

Christmas Eve in Star City

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We are always glad to meet new space conquerors but there is something very heartwarming and peculiar in welcoming back old friends coming back again for the new impressions. Two years ago we arranged an extended aerospace program for a family from Switzerland. On Christmas Eve Boris and Irina with their son came to Star City again.

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Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

Attention!

Neutral buoyancy lab is not available now for visiting due to maintenance works.

We are offering you a unique opportunity to feel yourself a real cosmonaut working on the external surface of the ISS in the ORLAN extra-vehicular suit by diving into the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

Various training facilities are used for cosmonauts’ extravehicular activity (EVA) training. The main of which is the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory of Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre. Here, under simulated weightless conditions, crews acquire skills for accomplishing operations on the external surface of the orbital station.

Neutral buoyancy — is one of the most effective means of simulating the extra-vehicular activity conditions. This method is based on putting space modules, vehicles and EVA-suit donned cosmonauts in the swimming pool under the conditions of neutral buoyancy, indifferent equilibrium and unsupported state.

This hydro lab is a complex training installation that comprises different technological systems and equipment. The main part of the Hydro lab building is a cylindrical tank, 22.5 m in diameter and 12 m in depth, with water temperature 30±5° C. There are 45 windows (0.6 m in diameter each), which are located on three horizontal levels, corresponding to different depths, as well as two windows (each has the size of 1.2 х 0.85 m) which enable observation and control of the test and training operations. The volume of the swimming pool is about 5000 cubic m. The water undergoes a special treatment and allows video- and photo filming through the windows and with the help of the cameras placed in pressurized casing directly under water. In the hydro lab there are full-scaled simulators of the Russian segment of the ISS, of space vehicle Soyuz MS and other equipment.

The cosmonauts train in a mock-up of the Orlan-M EVA-suit which is an air-conditioned model of a real extra-vehicular suit for operation in outer space. It has one single difference from the real EVA suit — it doesn’t have an independent life-support system. The air, required for breathing and the water for operator’s body heat removal are provided by the swimming-pool «beach» systems. Operation in the extra-vehicular suit mock-up allows to acquire skills and to master all EVA operations in Earth conditions.

The compartments and the blocks of space station’s mock-ups completely correspond to the exterior of the actual orbital complex.

You should send in your medical certificate by fax or e-mail 5 days before the training.
Before the training day you should arrive at GCTC for medical examination.

Program:

  • Arrival at Star city
  • Medical examination. Instruction on safety arrangements and rules of behavior in case of off-nominal situations
  • Wearing of special outfit. Individual fitting. Training in the hidrolab according to the chosen program
  • Personal certification
  • Departure from Star city.

Note: the cost includes all the necessary permits, medical examination, personal certification, training.

Additional services:

  • accommodation at a hotel;
  • souvenirs;
  • photo and video shooting of your training

Formalities:

  • You should send in your application at least 14 days before the training with passport data of all the participants enclosed. Only people of 18 years and older can take part in the training.
  • You should be medically examined and certificated with a permit for training. Your medical certificate is a personal document and only doctors will have access to this information. In case you don’t pass the medical examination and thus cancel the training, the payment will be returned with the deduction of the medical examination cost.
  • Centrifuge training should be paid 10 days before the date of training according to the agreement and invoice.
  • After the instruction and medical examination you should sign the agreement on the release from responsibility.
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Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center

The history of Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center begins since the 11th of January, 1960, when upon the initiative of S.Korolev, chief designer of rocket-space systems, it was decided to establish an air force based organization for the first space flight training.

Zero Gravity flights

All of us at least once in our lives dreamt of flying. We don’t have wings like birds do, but nowadays wings are not required any more for people to fly. It becomes possible with help of zero-gravity conditions. Let your dream come true! You have this chance if you perform a flight onboard the IL-76 MDK laboratory airplane like cosmonauts do during their space flight training.

Centrifuge training

You are brave enough and want to examine yourself? You dream of feelings that cosmonauts experience during their real training for space flights? In this case the Centrifuge run is exactly what you need.

Egress-2 simulator

To be an astronaut in the open space is such a stunning outstanding performance, but very complicated job as well! Just imagine, how they can stay in a support-free space wearing a huge spacesuit, staying outside their space home, when the endless space is around, and to work for hours there – isn’t it really breathtaking!? Meanwhile this kind of activity is also a routine for astronauts-heroes and nowadays this is a rather regular operation performed by every expedition onboard the ISS.

Sokol spacesuit training

When we think about astronauts – every time someone wearing a spacesuit comes to our mind. But few of us know that spacesuits can be different and the most interesting thing is that it’s possible to try it on and even to control its systems. This is not so simple, by the way! This unique experience can be gained in the Gagarin cosmonaut training center in Star city. This will be an unforgettable space adventure, and your photographs wearing a spacesuit will become a real family heirloom for pride.

Soyuz-TMA spacecraft complex simulator

Everyone of us has had a dream in childhood to fly to space one time at least. This dream doesn’t seem to be so unreal as it seems for the first sight. Our specialists will help you to plunge into the world of real astronauts and to learn how the spacecraft looks like and how it operates, Note that this spacecraft is used not only by Russians but also by astronauts from all over the world.

Space planetarium

Don’t miss the chance to visit our famous space planetarium! No doubts it won’t leave you indifferent! This is the place where you can find yourself under the starry skies even in daylight and learn how to recognize different constellations of Northern and Southern hemisphere! Planetarium is meant for studying the celestial sphere and training astronavigation with the help of nominal optical-visual devices.

Don-Soyuz TMA simulator

The main peculiarity of the “Don-Soyuz” simulator is the opportunity to manually control the real spacecraft. Regular nominal flight are performed in the automatic mode and manual operations can be done only under the commander’s decision or command from the ground Mission control center. Nevertheless manual control skills are necessary for every crew member. Now you also will be able to learn how to control Soyuz-TMA spacecraft, which delivers astronauts to space. During the training you can, for example, dock to the International Space Station, that is a very complicated and vitally important task for the crew.

Space food simulator

Would you like to know what and how astronauts eat in space? Space food significantly differs from our usual food which we eat every day at home; first of all it is specially cooked and, of course, specially packed. We have the opportunity not only to learn but also to taste the space food and to try to cook it with the help of the special simulator, which is the part of the astronauts’ training technical means on the ISS Russian Segment Life support system. It is designed for astronauts’ training on the cooking and rational using of space food onboard the orbital complex.

The ISS Russian Segment simulator

No doubt, that a lot of us have heard about the International Space Station and that it flies around the Earth and astronauts live there during their long-term missions to space. To get to know from the first source how they really live and work onboard the ISS, to learn interior of the Station – this will be the most interesting and outstanding experience which can be gained in the Cosmonaut’s training center.

Vestibular training

As it is known, first days of the space flight many astronauts feel some difficulties with adaptation to microgravity, or weightlessness. Some astronauts even can have motion sickness. Therefore scientists of GCTC had developed special vestibular training programs for astronauts, in order to get used to such irregular conditions. Spinning chair, tilt tables, simulation (optokinetic) drum are used for astronaut’s vestibular training.

Survival training

It is well known that during space flight various off-nominal situations can occur. But besides that, during the space flight training it’s important to consider such emergency situations which make the flight continuation impossible, and the crew has to return back to the Earth with help of emergency survival means.

Spaceflight training program

On the 4th of October, 1957 the first artificial satellite was successfully launched into space. This was the first step of fulfilling man’s long-cherished dream of conquering the space. The first human space flight of Yuri A. Gagarin onboard the “Vostok” spacecraft (April 12, 1961) announced a new space era in the history of a mankind.