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Spaceflight training program

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

There followed a chain of human space flights and only professional cosmonauts and astronauts had an opportunity to go into space. It changed when on April 28, 2001 the 1st space tourist Dennis Tito, the US millionaire, was delivered to the ISS onboard the manned transport spacecraft SOYUZ TM-32. He pioneered the way for space tourism. After his flight, 6 more people visited the International Space Station as space tourists:

  • Mark Richard Shuttleworth, a businessman from South Africa (launched on April 25, returned on May 5, 2002)
  • Gregory Olsen, an American entrepreneur and scientist (launched on October 1, returned on October 10, 2005)
  • Anousheh Ansari, the first female private space explorer and the first astronaut of Iranian descent (launched on September 18, returned on September 29, 2006)
  • Charles Simonyi, an American billionaire of Hungarian descent (had 2 flights into space, 1st time in 2007, he launched on April 7, returned on April 21, 2nd time in 2009, he launched on March 26 and returned on April 8)
  • Richard Garriott, an English-American video game developer and entrepreneur (launched on October 12, returned on October 24, 2008)
  • Guy Laliberté, a French Canadian entrepreneur, the CEO of Cirque du Soleil (launched on September 30, returned on October 11, 2009)




If you are dreaming of the greatest journey of your life, if you have health, time and financial resources to go through all stages of training for a space flight, our company can assist you in fulfilling your dream.

As a first logical step towards your orbital spaceflight we’re offering you a primary training course in Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre. There you’ll be able to explore your physical capacities and gain all the necessary skills for performing a space flight.

During the training program participants have the following opportunities:

  • obtain a medical certificate confirming fitness for a spaceflight;
  • learn some theoretical foundations of cosmonautics;
  • acquire practical skills to work in zero gravity on board a flying laboratory;
  • acquire skills for extravehicular activity under conditions of weightlessness in Hydrolab;
  • acquire skills to carry out space rendezvous and docking to the ISS manoeuvres when flying the SOYUZ spacecraft;
  • examine candidate’s tolerance to spaceflight factors, using centrifuge CF-18 and vestibular stands;
  • gain practical knowledge on survival in different climatic and geographical areas, such as taiga, sea and tundra, desert and mountains.

See you on the space routes!

Program of medical screening

Medical screening includes complex of medical-biological, medical-psychological and other arrangements that provide selection, preservation of health and high working capacity maintenance of cosmonauts.

Medical demands to the state of health are based on the experience of space medicine, of aviation physical examination and on the data from the experimental research about the influence of space flight factors on the organism.

During medical screening the following tasks are solved:

  • Evaluation of readiness for special training on the program of training to space flight according to the state of health and psychophisiological factors
  • Revelation of the level of functional state and its dynamics under the influence of physical load, space flight factors, simulated in the laboratory conditions on different stands, and other effects
  • Revelation and prevention of illnesses that can cause disqualification or disturb the execution of functional duties

The program of medical screening includes the following:

  • Profound research of medical history and medical documentation
  • Physical examination, anthropometry
  • X-ray examination
  • Laboratory studies
  • Special studies
  • Functional studies

Clinical specialists’ survey:

  • Therapeutic examination
  • Neurological examination
  • Surgical examination
  • Ophthalmological examination
  • Otolaryngological examination
  • Stomatological examination
  • Psychological examination

Besides you can estimate your capacities by performing the Zero-g flight onboard the flying laboratory or to have Centrifuge training to experience g-loads of the periods of launch and descent of the spaceship.

Program of cosmonauts training course

  • Generic space training
  • Theoretical training:
    • Transport manned spacecraft Soyuz MS and its systems
    • Russian segment of the International space station
  • Practical training:
    • Practical exercises on simulators and stands of Transport manned spacecraft Soyuz
    • Practical exercises on simulators and stands of Russian segment of the International space station
  • Training on the program Egress
  • Biomedical training
  • Flight training and zero-g flights
  • Presentation of training program
  • Debriefing

Total time – 157 hours

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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.

Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

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

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.