Fit for space – survival training


In the third episode of our ‘Fit for space’ training series, ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer explains how astronauts learn to survive on their own if ever a spacecraft lands away from its intended landing site.

Generally a spacecraft lands within a few kilometers of its landing site, but sometimes they return in a so-called ‘ballistic mode’ in a steeper entrance trajectory putting the astronauts under increased gravity loads, and landing with less precision – sometimes 400 km away from the intended landing area.

From winter survival to water survival, astronauts are prepared for anything, from building fires and shelters, to surviving cold waters and righting capsized life rafts.

The video includes footage from the Soyuz winter survival training, water survival training fire emergency training as well as Chinese sea survival training.

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  1. É estupefacto o trabalho que existe por trás e que é realizado para enfrentar as situações previsíveis dos Astronautas a nível psicológico, pedagógico e físico …reagir com frieza , persistência, paciência …As incubadoras que formam os Astronautas não deixam nada ao acaso…tudo é estudado e treinado ao detalhe para que as viageno para o espaço sejam uma realidade e para que as missões sejam um sucesso e ponderando em ir mais além nos passos da humanidade cujo o motor do conhecimento é o mundo(Terra/Universo)!! A exploração nunca deve sair do nosso ADN!!

  2. Very interesting – thank you very much ! Ready for more videos explaining how the astronauts train before or while being assigned on a mission and also what are their duties regarding to the mission once they are back on the planet 🙂

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