Kautilya Academy 08-01-2020
Importance of Challakere Astronaut Training Centre
• ISRO has prepared a proposal of Rs 2700 crore for the development of this center. There will be no need to go elsewhere for activities related to manned missions when this center is ready.
• Three astronauts will be sent to space by the year 2022 under the Gaganyaan mission. Four astronauts have been selected for training in Russia.
• There are centers of Defence Research Development Organization (DRDO), Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and ISRO spread over an area of about 10,000 acres.
NASA’s astronaut training center
NASA’s astronaut training center is one of the biggest and advanced space facility hubs. Astronauts get training in Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility. Astronauts learn about how they have to move in the space. As per the information on NASA’s website, there is an air-bearing floor where astronauts learn how to move large objects in the space. There is also a Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory where astronauts go underwater to practice spacewalks and extravehicular activities.