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Russia: Roscosmos launches recruitment drive for new cosmonauts02:03

Russia: Roscosmos launches recruitment drive for new cosmonauts

Russian Federation, Zvyozdny Gorodok
April 5, 2017 at 15:53 GMT -00:00 · Published

The head of the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre and a test cosmonaut-instructor from the facility, announced details of a new cosmonaut recruitment drive at a press conference in Zvyozdny Gorodok on Wednesday.

According to Roscosmos officials, successful applicants may eventually pilot the first launches of the new-generation Federatsiya manned transport ship to the moon, by 2031.

Head of the Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), Yuri Lonchakov, explained that Russia's space agency recruitment drive has to do with the fact that the agency is lacking cosmonauts. "We are going to take around 6 to 8, maybe 10 people," he added.

Lonchakov went on to state that the centre will consider applications from Russian citizens under the age of 35 and that the recruitment process will comprise technical education as well as flight training.

GCTC Test Cosmonaut-Instructor Oleg Kononenko said that "being a cosmonaut is like being a 'lifelong student'," and that a suitable applicant would be someone who is always "ready to learn."

The decision to launch the recruitment drive was made by the Interagency Commission on Cosmonaut Recruitment. Applications will be accepted until July 14, 2017. The first manned test launch of the Federatsiya is scheduled for 2023 from Russia's new Vostochny Cosmodrome.

Russia: Roscosmos launches recruitment drive for new cosmonauts02:03
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The head of the Yuri A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre and a test cosmonaut-instructor from the facility, announced details of a new cosmonaut recruitment drive at a press conference in Zvyozdny Gorodok on Wednesday.

According to Roscosmos officials, successful applicants may eventually pilot the first launches of the new-generation Federatsiya manned transport ship to the moon, by 2031.

Head of the Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC), Yuri Lonchakov, explained that Russia's space agency recruitment drive has to do with the fact that the agency is lacking cosmonauts. "We are going to take around 6 to 8, maybe 10 people," he added.

Lonchakov went on to state that the centre will consider applications from Russian citizens under the age of 35 and that the recruitment process will comprise technical education as well as flight training.

GCTC Test Cosmonaut-Instructor Oleg Kononenko said that "being a cosmonaut is like being a 'lifelong student'," and that a suitable applicant would be someone who is always "ready to learn."

The decision to launch the recruitment drive was made by the Interagency Commission on Cosmonaut Recruitment. Applications will be accepted until July 14, 2017. The first manned test launch of the Federatsiya is scheduled for 2023 from Russia's new Vostochny Cosmodrome.

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