SIRIUS experiment that simulates a mission to the moon has been determined

SIRIUS experiment that simulates a mission to the moon has been determined

Participation in the international isolation experiment SIRIUS will take three Russians, two Americans and one representative of the UAE. They must spend in isolation for 240 days.

It became known participants isolation experiment SIRIUS-21, which will begin November 4 and will last 240 days.

The participants are Russians Oleg Blinov, Victoria Kirichenko and Ekaterina Karyakina, Americans William Brown and Ashley Kowalski, and UAE representative Saleh Omar Al-Ameri.

SIRIUS experiment
SIRIUS experiment

SIRIUS is an international project conducted jointly by the IMBP RAS and the NASA Human Exploration Program. The space agencies of Russia, Canada and Germany, as well as specialists from various countries, are involved in it.

During the experiment six volunteers will be cut off from the world, staying in the ground complex. Contact with the control center will be maintained through audio communication. Participants will be able to communicate with loved ones via email.

The isolation is designed to simulate a real flight to the moon. It involves flying to the satellite, orbiting it, finding a place to land, reaching the surface and returning to Earth.

Despite uncertainties in the development of a super-heavy rocket, which will launch astronauts to the moon, Russia does not abandon the expedition to a satellite of our planet.

Recall that this year, specialists from the Institute of Cosmonautical Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences completed an experiment to simulate a flight to the moon on the new spacecraft “Orlyonok”. It was part of the preparation for the SIRIUS experiment. Six people participated in the study: four men and two women. All of them are employees of the institute. The experiment was deemed successful.

The area of the module was only eight square meters. Such dimensions were chosen in order to simulate the flight in maximum detail on a spacecraft, which is a scaled-down version of the “Eagle” (formerly Federation).

In the case of the basic version, there are also a number of uncertainty. Recently Dmitry Rogozin, head of the space agency, said that the tests of the Eagle may be reconsidered because there is no superheavy rocket for the apparatus.

The changes should not affect the first launch which is planned to be held without people on board: it is planned, as before, for 2023. Angara will be used to test the spacecraft. The date of the first manned launch was previously called 2025.

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