COURSES AT THE GCTC.
TRAIN LIKE A COSMONAUT!
to the Flight Club spaceflight training course tutorial.
with us to Star City Russia and train like a cosmonaut. Your exclusive
opportunity to participate in spaceflight training courses administered at
he Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre (GCTC).
page explains how civilian participants can engage into spaceflight training
courses, who these courses are intended for, shows a video of what to expect
during your spaceflight training, provides an overview regarding core- and
auxiliary components of the training, explains various course formats in detail,
explains all booking procedures and associated trip prices. Last but not
least, we have all the answers to FAQs.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING.
ADMISSION OF CIVILIAN
You must have been wondering how come
that civilian participates are being accepted into spaceflight training
programs at the GCTC, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre.
As you certainly know, the future of
manned spaceflight in general, and the future of civilian space travel in
particular, depend largely on continued funding by corporate entities and by
private investors willing to ratify the risks inherently involved.
To promote this kind of engagement, the
Russian Space Agency administers cosmonaut training courses for civilian
participants of any Nationality at the GCTC in Star City Russia.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING COURSE.
Spaceflight training courses are
demanding and challenging by nature and are intended for the following target
flight control experts and pilots
interested in enhancing their professional qualifications, scientists
conducting research, crew members and enlisted passengers of suborbital flight
projects which are currently in the development or testing phase and
for civilian space flight enthusiasts who always dreamed about training
like a real cosmonaut.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING COURSE.
CORE COMPONENTS OVERVIEW:
IMBP medical examination, simulator
training sessions (incl. Soyuz-TMA, Vykhod-2, TDK-7ST N1 & N2,
Don-732, Tele-operator, ISS mock-ups, Orlan-DMA space-suit), Ts-F18
centrifuge testing, hydro-space laboratory training, IL-76 MDK zero
gravity parabola flight, post-landing survival training.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING COURSE.
AUXILIARY COMPONENTS OVERVIEW:
Guided sight-seeing tours and various
excursion offering an intimate behind-the-scenes look into the Gagarin
Cosmonaut Training Centre, the Mission Control Centre Korolov, the
Monino Airforce Museum and the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING XXL.
(AM) ARRIVAL TO MOSCOW.
(PM) CITY SIGHT-SEEING TOUR.
Upon your arrival at any of the Moscow
international airports, your personal guide/ multi-lingual translator will pick
you up and escort you to your hotel in Moscow city.
you are check-in and settled, we'll take you out and show you around
town, visiting some of the city's more popular tourist sights: the Red
Square, Alexander Gardens, Lenin's Tomb, the GUM shopping mall, St.
Basil cathedral, New Convent, the Kremlin, Arbat and Poklonnaya Hill.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING.
CHOOSING A COURSE FORMAT:
All Flight Club adventure trips are
Hence, when participating in spaceflight
training with us, you can choose between several different course formats for
go through the entire 'spaceflight XL
'course curriculum in 10 days or
combine several core components of your
interest into a condensed 5-day format or into a shortened 3-day format of the
take it one step at a time and isolate
any single core component for a focused one-day exercise.
Following, we will walk you through the
entire course curriculum, as it is applicable to the 10-day format of the
'spaceflight XL' course.
After reading through this curriculum,
you will be familiar with the sequence of events and also have gained
significant insight into the training process for each core element of the
(AM) LECTURE HISTORY OF MANNED SPACEFLIGHT.
(PM) IMBP MEDICAL PART 1.
After an early breakfast in the hotel,
we'll pick you up and drive together to Star City. It's about a 40-minute
drive, depending on traffic. Once we have arrived, we'll take you on a tour
around the GCTC territory and attend an introductory presentation regarding the
history of manned spaceflight.
After lunch, it's time for the IMBP
medical check. As you might imagine, it involves a fairly thorough
examination of both, your physical and mental well-being. The procedure is
certain to keep you entertained until the evening. Once it's all said and
done, you'll receive a medical certificate confirming that you are fit for
In the evening, we'll head back into
town and drop you off at your hotel for the night.
(AM) LECTURE PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF
(PM) IMBP MEDICAL PART 2
We'll pick you up at the hotel and
drive back to the GCTC for an early start. Upon our arrival, we'll drop
you off right where you left things yesterday ... at the doctor's. This time
around, for a lecture on the psychological aspects evolving around manned
After lunch, the medical team will test
your physical level of readiness as is required for crew members onboard any
space craft. If everything checks out, you'll receive a medical certificate
stating that you are fit for manned spaceflight.
Once all test have been finalized,
we'll bring you back to Moscow into your hotel for some well-deserved idle-time.
(AM) PLANETARIUM: LECTURE ON PRINCIPLES OF
(PM) DON-SOYUZ-TMA SIMULATOR MANUAL DOCKING
Following the by now familiar morning
commute, your day at the GCTC will start out with a visit to the Planetarium,
where you'll attend a presentation and receive some training regarding the core
principles of astronavigation.
The planetarium is 12.5 m in diameter
and can project star constellations with a 6.6 magnitude, creating
the illusion of watching the celestial sphere from outside the
earth's atmosphere. To top things off, the planetarium features several
mock-ups of different space-craft, simulating real-life flight dynamics with
moving star constellations outside the windows.
lunch, you'll attend a lecture concerning construction and assembly detail of
the International Space Station (ISS). Once you have gained a solid
understanding and outfitted with a Sokol pressure suit, you'll spend the
remainder of the day in the pilot seat of the Don-Soyuz-TMA simulator, trying
to dock your space-craft with the ISS. By the way, while this procedure is
computer guided and can be accomplished by engaging an autopilot - you'll be
flying manually utilizing joystick controls today - just to keep it real.
During the exercise, you will learn to manually control the Soyuz TMA
spacecraft during approach, docking and undocking from the ISS module in
standard-, off-standard and emergency scenarios.
(AM) CF-7 CENTRIFUGE 3-STAGE TESTING.
(PM) ASTRONAUT FOOD AND NUTRITION.
After breakfast in the hotel we'll pack
up and drive back to Star City for another action-packed day at the GCTC. Upon
arrival, your instructors will give a briefing and then, it is time to verify
your physical level of readiness for space travel in earnest, that is,
during a series of centrifuge CF-7 tests.
The CF-7 centrifuge is being used
to familiarize cosmonauts with the working conditions onboard the Soyuz
during its flight to and from the ISS. To facilitate this, the CF-7 can
simulate longitudinal g-loads, physiological micro-gravity, low cabin
pressure, different cabin temperatures, humidity factors and variable gas composition.
There are three stages to this
It all starts with a familiarization
round which lasts approximately 3 minutes. The 2nd stage simulates flight
conditions on the way into orbit and lasts for about 9 minutes. During the 4-minute-long
3rd stage of the centrifuge tests, you will come to find out what it's
like inside the Soyuz capsule while returning from orbit.
Cosmonauts training in the CF-7
are bearing a maximum load of 5g 'head-waist' and 8g for 'chest-back'
After completion of the CF-7 centrifuge
test series, it is time for lunch- in case you really still feel like eating.
Food is also the big topic for the
remainder of the afternoon, you’ll be learning all about nutrition a cosmonaut
really needs to know. What kind of food is being used, how it is packaged, how
to cook it and what special tools you require in the process and finally, how
to ration the supplies. Of course, you'll get a chance to prepare your very own
space meal and you are very welcome to find out what it tastes like as well.
day concludes with a full mission briefing on tomorrow's high-light event, the
zero gravity parabola flight onboard the IL-76 MDK.
(AM) IL-76 MDK ZERO GRAVITY PARABOLA FLIGHT.
(PM) VYKHOD-2 SIMULATOR TRAINING.
It's another full day and we'll pick
you up at 07.00 am in your hotel for the morning commute. Today we'll head
straight out to the Chkalovsky airfield, home of the giant Ilyushin 76 MDK. The
Il-76 MDK wide-body aircraft is a unique flying laboratory which can create
short-term weightless conditions onboard. To achieve this, the IL-76 MDK
embarks on a Kepler curve flight pattern:
The Ilyushin IL-76 climbs with full
thrust and at a 45-degree angle to an altitude of approximately 20,000 ft
AGL, before taking the power out and going nose over. From that moment on,
everything and everybody inside the plane is "floating" weightlessly,
that is, until about 25 seconds later, when the IL-76 MDK is transitioning from
its nose dive into yet another steep ascent (hence the nick-name "parabola
While experiencing weightlessness on
the downward slope of the parabola, passengers onboard the IL-76 MDK are
exposed to 2G inside the cabin at the transition points from descent to ascent
and during the actual climb-phase back to 20,000 ft AGL.
Your pilot will repeat this Kepler
curve pattern 12-15 times, thus
creating weightlessness for a total of
approximately 7 minutes over the 1.5-hour course of the entire zero-G
After lunch, we'll return to the GCTC
for some Vykhod-2 simulator time. The Vykhod-2 (translated 'spacewalk') is a
special purpose simulator comprised of two types of Orlan space suits,
airlock mock-ups, computer systems simulating light-/ shadow conditions, ground
life support- and communications systems as well as TV- and medical
purpose is to allow for studies of the design and use of Orlan type EVA spacesuits
and to allow for realistic practice of operations in and around airlock systems
of the ISS. During this training session, you will study the design and lay-out
of Orlan type spacesuits, learn how to prepare the suit for use, how to
maintain and to repair it. Finally, you will operate the suit in nominal- and off-nominal
situations while controlling the air locking facility.
(AM-PM) FORCED-LANDING SURVIVAL TRAINING.
Today it is time for a well-deserved
break from all the high-tech and you are in for a change of scenery. We'll be
heading into the woods for a training session in survival techniques following
an emergency landing of the Soyuz capsule.
The exercise will teach you how to
establish contact to the rescue team and how to survive in independent
autonomous condition in the wilderness until the search and rescue crew
has successfully located and extracted you.
Varying geographical and climatic
factors make survival training a real test of your organizational
skills, endurance, determination, leadership traits and of your ability to
teamwork. To be successful in this task, you need to demonstrate a sound
decision making process and effective time management in difficult situations.
Today's session will focus on forced
landing scenarios occurring in woodland regions. The training is geared
towards the applicable survival strategies for these type environments.
can upgrade this experience with additional survival training modules focused
specifically on desert- and winter climate and on water landings.
(AM) MISSION CONTROL CENTER KOROLOV CITY.
(PM) MONINO AIR-FORCE MUSEUM
After spending all day yesterday
in the wilderness, this morning we are back in civilization for a visit of
the Mission Control Centre in Korolev city. You will get the chance to
hang out in the MIR space station flight control room and the flight control
room of the ISS.
the afternoon, we will visit the Monino Air Force Museum which has
on display the entire history of Russian and Soviet aviation, starting
from 1909. The Monino Air Force Museum fields an impressive collection of
37,000 aircraft, unique photographs and rare documents.
(AM) HYDRO-SPACE NEUTRAL BUOYANCY LABORATORY
(PM) SOYUZ-TMA FLIGHT TDK 7ST N1 & N2
Another action-packed day at the GCTC
lays ahead of you. A good portion of the day, you'll be spending
time submerged in the legendary hydro-space neutral buoyancy
laboratory. The giant 22m diameter and 12 m deep tank features
full-scale mock-ups of the Russian segment of the space station and the Soyuz
Here, under simulated weightless
conditions, cosmonauts acquire the skills necessary to conduct
extravehicular activities on the outside surface of the ISS. During the
exercise, you'll be outfitted with a mock-up version of the Orlan-M EVA
suit. The only difference to the real thing, is that your suit does not feature
an independent life-support system. The air you breath and water
circulation controlling your body temperature inside the suit are being
controlled and provided by the laboratory's "beach systems".
Your mission today:
exit out of an ISS airlock mock-up and,
using a security hook attached to a steel cable, make your way over to another
segment of the ISS to install a space antenna!
Your afternoon won't be any less
exciting, as you will practice the control of the Soyuz-TM over the course
of an entire space-flight mission, utilizing complex TDK 7ST N1 &
N2 simulators. The exercise covers standard, non-standard and emergency procedures
during all stages of the Soyuz TMA flight:
pre-launch preparations, launch
sequence, entering orbit, orbital maneuvering, approach and docking sequence
with the ISS, joint flight with the ISS, un-docking procedure, re-entering
orbit, landing, and post landing final operations. Simulations can be run in
real time and in accelerated time-mode.
(AM) CHECK-OUT AND DEPARTURE
It's the end of your spaceflight
training course and we will visit you one last time in your hotel in Moscow to
say: "thank you" and farewell. In case you are leaving the
Russian Federation today, we will give you a ride back to any of the
Moscow international airports for your departing flight.
(AM) MEMORIAL MUSEUM OF COSMONAUTICS.
(PM) AWARD CEREMONY AT GCTC.
It is the last day of your spaceflight
training course and we'll use it to reflect with a visit to the Memorial Museum
of Cosmonautics, which is jam-packed with rockets and spacecraft. Be advised
that at the time of writing, the museum is undergoing a major overhaul
with plans for relocation into a new setup in Moscow city. Depending on the
prevailing circumstances at the time of your booking, we will improvise
We will then head back to the GCTC for
an award ceremony with the instructors and staff where you will be presented a
certificate in honor of your exceptional achievement. If you let us, we'd
like to invite you for a last formal dinner with the specialists and
instructors of the GCTC and Star City.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING COURSES.
PRICE IN EUR
CF-7 CENTRIFUGE TEST
ORLAN EVA SUIT TEST
SOYUZ TMA SIMULATOR
ZERO-G SINGLE SEAT
ZERO-G ENTIRE LOAD
SPACEFLIGHT XL COURSE
NOTE: spaceflight training course prices may
be subject to change without prior notice. For a detailed quote, please
contact us with your personal choice of core- and auxiliary training
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING.
To book any spaceflight training course at the
GCTC, please fill in the initial BOOKING REQUEST FORM including
the number of participants, your preferred course dates and course format
(10 day 'spaceflight XXL 'curriculum or any custom selection of course core-
and auxiliary components) and your selection of custom upgrades (such as
accommodation, VIP transit assistance, visa support etc.).
Once we have received your initial booking
request, we will contact you for passport copies of all travelers and
for the GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING PARTICIPANT QUESTIONAIRE to forward your
detail to our service partners in Moscow for a final review. After they come
back to us with a confirmation regarding your requested course detail, we will
contact you with specific travel dates, send you a service contract and
Please remember, that we do
need a 65-day min. lead-up time once we have received your passport copies, in
order to organize the required visas and associated security clearances
for the GCTC.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING COURSES.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q: Are there any other places in the world where
I can train like a real cosmonaut?
A: No. There is only one place in the world where
civilian participants can train like a cosmonaut and that is at the
GCTC, Russia. The Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre was built to support
manned spaceflight missions, space exploration activities, space engineering,
cosmonaut training, as well as ensuring cosmonauts' safety in space and
providing post-flight rehabilitation programs for cosmonauts.
Q: How serious are the IMBP medical checks?
A: As these tests are supposed to determine your
physical and mental state of readiness to participate in spaceflight training
sessions, they are thorough.
Q: Is there an age limit?
A: Yes. You must be between 18 and 60 years of
age to participate in spaceflight training programs at the GCTC.
However, we can discuss your personal case if you
do indeed fall outside of these parameters.
Q: Are there any height and/ or weight
restrictions for passengers?
A: Yes, there are. Depending on your selection
of spaceflight training core components, participants should not be taller
than 205 cm and/ or heavier than 110 kg.
Q: Do I need a pilot license?
A: No, you do not need a pilot license to
participate in civilian spaceflight training programs at the GCTC.
Q: How physically demanding are these spaceflight
A: Depending on what core components you choose
to participate in during your training. Some activities are physically
extremely challenging, others are not.
Q: Do you provide accident insurance?
A: yes, of course. We arrange for a special
policy covering any accident which might occur during your time with us.
Q: Do you provide visa support for entry into the
A: visa support is automatically included in the
10-day cosmonaut training course. Of course, we gladly assist in arranging for
the necessary visa upon request if you did choose to participate in select
activities only. Prices for visas may vary as they depend on selected
processing times at the embassy, and thus, the lead-up time of your request for
Q: If I choose to select individual training
activities only, how much time do I need to complete the task?
A: Depending on your selection. Some of the core
training components can be completed in a one-day session.
Q: What types of payment methods do you accept?
A: You can pay via electronic funds transfer into
our foreign currency account. Your payment is due in full no later than 45 days
prior to your scheduled training date.
Q: What types of service guarantees do you
A: Flight Club service partners in Russia
are recognized tour operators in the Russian Federation and listed in the
public Registry of Tour Operators # MBT 010053. Accordingly, all our clients
are protected by the Russian government with a mandatory minimum insurance
amount of USD 1,000,000.00 for all types of risk factors involving touristic
Q: What is your cancellation policy in case my
cosmonaut training course is cancelled due to mistakes on your side?
A: we give you a full refund on all payments made
within 30 days.
Q: What is your cancellation policy, change of
travel dates policy in case I cannot travel as agreed because I get sick?
A: If you wish to cancel your trip entirely or if
you wish to change your travel dates, the refund amount you are entitled to
depends on how long before your scheduled zero-G flight dates you notify us:
> 15 days prior: we refund 70% of your
< 15 days but > 5 days prior: we refund 55
% of your payment
< 5 days but > 3 days prior: we refund 35 %
of your payment
</= 3 days prior: there will not be any refund
Any refund payments will be sent to the
originating account within 30 days of receipt of your written request to cancel
or postpone your trip. For more detail, please review our PAYMENT AND REFUND POLICY.
Q: What is the minimum lead-up time required
to process my booking?
A: Foreign guests registering for the entire 10-day
cosmonaut training course need to allow for min. 65 days lead-up time in order
to organize the required permissions, visas and security clearances.
If you wish to participate in select activities only, the required lead-up time
might be shorter.
Q: What about training dates? Can I train like an
astronaut anytime I like?
A: No. Your training dates and schedule will be
determined by the GCTC and depend largely on the selected core components you
wish to go through during your training.
Q: How many people can train per day?
A: Depending on which core components you have
selected for your cosmonaut training program. Some training activities can be
arranged for multiple participants in a single day, others can accommodate only
one trainee at a time.
Q: Can I bring friends and family to the GCTC?
A: If you let us know, we can arrange the
necessary permits for friends and or family members to accompany you to select
destinations of the GCTC complex.
Q: Does Flight Club sell GIFT CARDS for select core components of the cosmonaut training program at the GCTC?
A: yes we do ;)
Should you have any
unanswered questions regarding our spaceflight training course at the GCTC, please feel free to SEND US AN INQUIRY or speak with us directly in FLIGHT CLUB LIVE CHAT.
GCTC SPACEFLIGHT TRAINING.
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