The training of cosmonauts in Russia differs from the training of astronauts in the United States in that it requires more classes in theory, including with experienced cosmonauts, director of the UAE astronaut training program Salem al-Marri told.
“In Russia, we noticed that there is a lot of training in theory, as well as studying with experienced cosmonauts who have already flown. In America, they do things a little differently. A lot of work “with your own hands” on various simulators. In the Russian training, of course, there are also a lot of simulators, it’s just a matter of ratio,” al-Marri said at the GLEX conference.
Among the similar aspects in the approaches of the two countries, he noted a focus on safety, physical training of crews, and strict adherence to all training procedures.
Al-Marri recalled that the Arab astronauts were trained for about a year and a half at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (CTC), and now they have been training with NASA for almost a year.