Crimea’s participation in Russian space exploration programmes and projects is expanding even further. The Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Centre is set to restore the base for cosmonauts training in Crimea. This was announced by Yury Lonchakov, Head of the Centre, cosmonaut, Hero of the Russian Federation.
“Initially, Crimea was one a place cosmonauts came to not only for recreation, but also to work, to undergo training programmes. Until 2008, we conducted water training here. We negotiated to resume these water exercises and training in the mountainous area, too. Crimea has perfect conditions for this”, Mr Lonchakov said on 16 August at a press conference in Simferopol. The statements by the Head of the Cosmonaut Training Centre are also quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency.
Yury Lonchakov expressed his hope that the initiative to have the Centre return would be implemented in the near future. He claims that the project is to be funded of the federal budget with the support of the Roskosmos state corporation.
Mr Lonchakov also reported on the work progress in establishing a Museum of the History of Cosmonautics of the Republic of Crimea – Children’s Cosmopark in Evpatoria. “It will be a museum complex, an entertainment hub, where both children and adults will be able to experience what space is: work on special simulators, in a spacesuit. In addition, the project will also work in an educational direction, for example, children’s space camps. There are no such cosmoparks in the world at the moment”, said the Head of the Cosmonaut Training Centre.
One of the key events of the 3rd Yalta International Economic Forum held this April was the section “Space Research and International Cooperation in Space”. During the discussion, Anatoly Perminov, Deputy General Director of JSC Russian Space Systems, Vice-President of the International Academy of Astronautics, mentioned the plans to increase the intensity with which space activity results are to be introduced in Crimea. Two months after YIEF-2017, Crimea became the first region of Russia to launch the Earth remote sensing project “Digital Earth”.