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SPACE ADVENTURES: Orbital Space Flight
We've Got Space - Adventures in Orbital Space Flight

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An Overview of the Orbital Qualification Process, Page 2

There are four training steps that all aspiring cosmonauts must
complete prior to embarking on a mission into space.

Step One: Medical Qualification Examination
Step Two: Theoretical Lessons, Lectures and Active Hands-On Simulator Training
Step Three: Learning how to work as valuable member of a cosmonaut team.
Step Four: Actual training with other members of your assigned mission team.

STEP THREE: Lectures and Theoretical Training

Note: Study times indicated are approximations and reflect traditional requirements for cosmonauts for Step 3 and Step 4 combined. Shorter training times are possible for Citizen Cosmonauts.

  • Russian Language Study (TBD)
  • Space Navigation (40 hours)
  • On-board Systems of Soyuz and ISS (40 hours)
  • Scientific Equipment Aboard ISS (15 hours)
  • Flight Theory (30 hours)
  • Space Medicine (30 hours)
  • On-Board Computers (15 hours)
  • On-board Video(15 hours)
  • Hands-On Training Soyuz Simulator (250 hours)
  • ISS Simulator (250 hours)
  • Training on Scientific Equipment (100 hours)
  • Special Training (survival, etc.) (20 hours)
  • Medical Training (self-testing) (50 hours)
  • Medical Testing to prepare for space, including IL-76 zero-gravity (100 hours)
  • Physical Training (200 hours)
  • Trips to US for Specialized Training (100 hours)
  • Training on US Equipment (100 hours)
  • Misc. Training (200 hours)

Hydrolab Training

STEP FOUR: Lectures and Theoretical Training - Advanced Level

Note: Study times indicated are approximations and reflect traditional requirements for cosmonauts for Step 3 and Step 4 combined. Shorter training times are possible for Citizen Cosmonauts.

  • Russian Language Study (TBD)
  • Space Navigation (40 hours)
  • On-board Systems of Soyuz and ISS (40 hours)
  • Scientific Equipment Aboard ISS (15 hours)
  • Flight Theory (30 hours)
  • Space Medicine (30 hours)
  • On-Board Computers (15 hours)
  • On-board Video(15 hours)
  • Hands-On Training Soyuz Simulator (250 hours)
  • ISS Simulator (250 hours
  • Training on Scientific Equipment (100 hours)
  • Special Training (survival, etc.) (20 hours)
  • Medical Training (self-testing) (50 hours)
  • Medical Testing to prepare for space, including IL-76 zero-gravity (100 hours)
  • Physical Training (200 hours)
  • Trips to US for Specialized Training (100 hours)
  • Training on US Equipment (100 hours)
  • Misc. Training (200 hours

The Training Timeline

Please note: No two training programs are ever identical.

An individual's prior knowledge, health condition, aptitude for learning and mission goals all dictate the amount of time involved. Training need not be continuous in some cases, which would allow a space candidate to return to home or work for periods of time.

Step One: The medical exam can be completed in 10 working days. Not every one of these days will be full days, filled with testing. There will be windows of free time when other activities can be completed in Moscow. Please note that testing times vary from individual to individual. The results of one test may determine a need for additional tests that weren't anticipated. Once obtained, a health certification is valid for a period of one year.

Step Two: The second step on the path to space is estimated to require one month of time. Again, cosmonaut training programs are unique to the space candidate.

Step Three: For this phase of training, one should allocate two months.

Step Four: The final phase and approval process generally requires three months.

In some cases, different phases of training can overlap, which would allow the entire process to take less than the 6 months listed above. For example, some elements of training can be started prior to completing all detailed health testing and elements of phases three and four can be combined.

Anyone entering the cosmonaut training program must enter
with a spirit of cooperation and flexibility.

Incredible Adventures cannot detail in advance exactly what will happen at each step along the way or how long each aspect of training and testing will require. We have provided the best estimates based on the Russian Space Agency's years of experience preparing professional cosmonauts for space.

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