7 Nov 2023 18:57

Indian, U.S., Turkish specialists to take part in Russian experiment simulating interplanetary flight

MOSCOW. Nov 7 (Interfax) - A number of international organizations and scientists from India, the United States, Turkey, Canada and some other countries will take part in a yearlong isolation experiment simulating an interplanetary flight, SIRIUS-23, Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Institute of Medical-Biological Problems Oleg Orlov said.

"This is an international program, and our basic partners, the Belarusian Academy of Sciences, take part in this isolation. [...] Specialists from India, the Czech Republic, Turkey, the United States, Canada, Malaysia and South Korea, as well as a number of organizations from other countries are participating, as well," Orlov said at the space biology and aerospace medicine conference with the theme "The Earth - Orbit - Deep Space" on Tuesday.

The experiment will involve about 70 research programs, he said.

The main crew comprises Yury Chebotaryov, Ksenia Orlova, Ksenia Shishenina, Andzhelika Parfenova and Rustam Zaripov of Russia and Olga Mastitskaya of Belarus.

The SIRIUS (Scientific International Research in Unique Terrestrial Station) experiment hosted by the Ground Experimental Center of the Institute of Medical-Biological Problems simulates space flights.

The project seeks to facilitate space exploration beyond the near-Earth orbit by assessing the risks to humans' health and working capacity through a program of fundamental, applied and operating research.

SIRIUS first deputy head, chief manager Mark Belakovsky told Interfax on December 9, 2022, that representatives of India, Mexico and Belarus had applied for taking part in the experiment.

The yearlong isolated mission, SIRIUS-23, will begin on November 14, 2023.

The project's first experiment lasted for 17 days in November 2017, and a four-month experiment followed in March-July 2019.

An eight-month experiment simulating a flight to the Moon, SIRIUS-21, ended in July 2022. It involved researchers from Russia, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.