India is planning on launching its first manned space mission the Gaganyaan in 2022 and Russia may be aiding in training astronauts. Indian and Russian cooperation in the space sector has been going for almost four-decades.
This will just further expand Russia and India’s relations. Moving into a new scope between India and Russia, strengthening ties is also a priority and will be on the agenda when India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets President Vladimir Putin for the annual bilateral summit this Friday.
At the annual bilateral summit 10 agreements in the sectors of hydrocarbon, transport, agriculture and nuclear energy, besides defense are expected to be signed. The Indian astronauts are expected to be trained by the Russian space agency at the home of Russian cosmonauts, Star City near Moscow.
The crew of Gaganyaan may also be taken to the International Space Station (ISS). The two the countries are also planning on working together to build ground stations for Glonass, the global positioning system of Russia, and Navic, India’s home-grown GPS, according to the people cited earlier.