Professional selection of cosmonauts

Cosmonaut selection comprises actions, methods, and procedures which allow selecting candidates with personal characteristics and competence which meet professional requirements of a cosmonaut most of all.

Leading organization for cosmonaut selection in the Russian Federation is State Organization “Gagarin Research&Test Cosmonaut Training Center”.

Professional selection comprises:

At every stage of the selection cosmonaut candidates should meet different requirements. The whole process of the cosmonaut selection is based on the requirements of the RF Space Program. While making decision of selection time constraints, number of the candidates, and their experience level the following things should be taken into consideration:


Requirements to a cosmonaut candidate


In the course of the cosmonaut selection process the following examinations are fulfilled:

1. Examination of medical and psychological characteristics of candidates:

2. Professional selection: