Il-76 MDK named Cosmos is specially converted for astronauts training under conditions of artificial zero-gravity. Aircraft wing and fuselage were strengthen, special equipment to ensure smooth working of all systems in weightlessness was installed. Walls and ceiling are trimmed with soft fabric, sport mats are fixed on the floor. Only three such aircrafts were created, they are all based on the Chkalovsky airport in Moscow.
Cosmonaut Training Center flying laboratories IL-76 MDK provide the possibility to achieve short-term weightlessness that lasts up to 25 seconds in one mode. During one flight (lasting for 1,5 - 2 hours) there are 10 different zero-gravity modes. Thus, total time spent in weightlessness state is about 250 seconds.
During zero-gravity state flight on the IL-76 MDK you will be able to experience the feeling of weightlessness – you will float freely and move in the craft without feeling your weight.
The total number of participants in the flight should not exceed 14 people, while the minimum number is not limited.
Zero-Gravity State Flight on the IL-76 MDK Tour Program includes:
15:00 Meeting at central Star City entrance
15:00 - 16:00 Medical examination in the Cosmonaut Training Center Gagarin
Main contra-indications: blood pressure above 155, chronic cardio-vascular diseases and nervous system diseases, locomotor apparatus misfunctions, highmoritis.
16:15 - 17:30 Instruction. Flight program briefing with taking into account the effects of overloading, weightlessness, security measures information. Program discussion, question answering. Educational movie watching.
08:00 Meeting at central Star City entrance
08:30 Departure to Chkalovsky airfield near Moscow
09:00 - 10:00 On-board IL-76 MDK pre-training
Aircraft and team checking. Flight task is clarified, individual parachutes are checked and adjusted, emergency situations briefing. Pre-flight medical examination.
10:30 - 12:30 Flight (1,5 - 2 hours), during which there will be demonstrated 10 different zero-gravity state modes (25 seconds long each)
12:30 Landing, award certificates presentation
13:00 - 13:30 Arrival to central Star City entrance
Some extra services can be arranged:
- medical examination and instruction in the Cosmonaut Training Center
- on-board pre-flight training
- IL-76 MDK zero-gravity state flight (10 modes of weightlessness)
- program summarizing in the Cosmonaut Training Center
- participants’ entrance permits to the Cosmonaut Training Center and Chkalovsky airfield
- Moscow hotels accommodation
- personal attendant (with foreign language skills)