ROSCOSMOS declares open enrolment for the cosmonaut corps

March 14, 2017

Cosmonauts enrolment campaign begins on March 14, 2017: the Interdepartmental commission made a decision to conduct a contest of FGBU Research Institute Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (CTC) on candidates enrolment for ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut corps in 2017.

The objective is to select the best specialists, possessing skills of working with space and/or aviation technique, which will become the first pilots of the new Russian spaceship Federatsiya, and will work on the program of the International Space Station (ISS), and also will become the first Russians to fly to the Moon.

According to the contest conditions it is supposed to choose six-eight people, which will complement ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut corps.

The contestants have to go through several stages. The enrolment for the compliance with the educational and professional aptitudes requirements stipulate that applicants for cosmonaut candidates have the body of knowledge, necessary for successful passing through the cosmonauts professional training programs. The complex of health surveys will allow carrying out next stage of applicants' enrolment. The successful passing through the set of actions allowing estimating psychological qualities of the applicants is a necessary condition for contest winning. Also the candidates will be obliged to pass through the testing for the compliance with physical readiness requirements.


  • A citizen of the Russian Federation can be an applicant for cosmonaut candidate of the Russian Federation.
  • The age of applicants should not exceed 35 years.
  • Applicants should have higher education in engineering, scientific or flight professions and should have work experience. During the enrolment the priority is given to the persons with work experience in aviation and space-rocket industry of the Russian Federation.
  • Applicants should correspond to the following requirements necessary for the subsequent preparation for space flight, in particular:
    • to have abilities for studying space technique (to show the ability to look into the basics and principles of building engineering systems, understanding their physical entity, the skill of memorizing technical information, terminology and technical characteristics);
    • to have knowledge of interaction with computer technology;
    • to know foreign language (English) in the framework of the Russian Federation nonlinguistic universities programs requirements, and etc.

It is possible to familiarize with the full list of requirements to candidates and necessary documents list at the site of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation and CTC (

The principal stages of ROSCOSMOS cosmonauts candidates enrolment will take place at the base of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

Documents are sent by post at notice or are delivered personally by the applicant at address: 141160, the Moscow Region, Star City, to the chief of FGBU Research Institute Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center with the mark to the committee for selecting cosmonauts candidates.



ROSCOSMOS Press Service




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