Source: Roscosmos will form a squad of female astronauts

Source: Roscosmos will form a squad of female astronauts

The Agency interlocutor also said that the spacesuit “Orlan-MKS” will be finalized for use by women.

MOSCOW, January 21. /TASS/. State Corporation “Roscosmos”, the initiative will form a squad of female astronauts to fly into orbit, the search for candidates will be conducted among space scientists. This was reported by TASS on Monday a source in the rocket and space industry.

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“It will be formed a full squad of astronauts from the number of young women specialists of rocket-space industry”, — said the Agency interlocutor. The source said that “the Corporation will seek candidates proactively, and not wait until they are written”.

The source added that the existing spacesuit “Orlan-MKS” will be finalized for use by women.

“The suit will be installed elements of the exoskeleton to strengthen the hands of the operator when performing heavy work in the framework of extra-vehicular activity, in particular for ISS, but not only,” said the source. He added that the work on “drives for the “hands” of the “Eagle” is already underway”.

The interviewee noted that training in the women’s group “will be conducted including with respect to future lunar missions”.

The source added that the management of the Corporation was about to announce the establishment of the women’s squad on Monday at the cosmonaut training Center (TSPK), “but it is unknown whether to keep these plans.” On 21 January, the CPC held a solemn meeting of the crew 55/56-y long expedition to the ISS as part of Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, NASA astronauts Andrew Feustel and Richard Arnold, who returned to Earth on 4 October 2018, on the ship “Soyuz MS-08”.

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Women were not included in the cosmonaut team under the new set that was completed in the summer of 2018. Some experts later explained by the peculiarities of the national mentality and less of a willingness of women to become astronauts. The set was clear: to try his luck could any citizen of the Russian Federation under 35 years with higher education in engineering, scientific, or flight specialties and experience. Were selected candidates for astronauts, only men.

For all time of the USSR and Russian space flight could make only four women — Valentina Tereshkova, Svetlana Savitskaya, Elena Kondakova, and Elena Serova. For comparison, colleagues from NASA to date, sent into space and 47 women, that is almost 12 times more.