Medical Clearance to start training
Before training can start each candidate must complete a series of medical tests. This is a very thorough review to make sure nothing will go wrong during the flight. Tests include a centrifuge run up to 8G, hypobaric chamber to 10,000 feet, and much more.
When in space MZ and Yozo will be floating in weightlessness. To prepare for this unique environment they will receive training on-board a zero-g weightless flight where specialists will instruct them on the basics of moving around while floating.
【66 days until Launch🚀】— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) October 4, 2021
Experienced zero-gravity for the first time! Was hard to use my hands and feet at first, but was so fun after I got used to it! Hard to imagine being in this environment for 12 days but so excited 😆#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/qYoOZsSxSZ
Emergencies Preparedness Training
Spaceflight is not without risk. There are multiple spacecraft and systems that the crew rely on to keep them safe, and primary systems have back-up systems in case something goes wrong. MZ and Yozo will learn how to react in emergency situations and how to use the back-up systems available to them. These include what do in the event of a fire on the ISS, de-pressurization of the spacecraft, or an off-target landing (water or wilderness).
Spacesuit and Seat Fitting
The Sokol spacesuit is worn during launch and re-entry on the Soyuz spacecraft. It provides protection in the event of de-pressurization of the spacecraft. The spacesuit is custom fit for each astronaut. In addition the seat they will sit in is also custom fit to ensure maximum comfort and protection.
【39 days until Launch🚀】— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) October 31, 2021
You go into a little room wearing your spacesuit, and take out all of the air from the room. The only air left is in the spacesuit. It really made me realize that the last thing that will protect you is this spacesuit.#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/71iFckzhJN
【41 days until Launch🚀】— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) October 29, 2021
Had my spacesuit fitting. You have to stay in this position for 2 hours and see if there are any parts of your body that hurts or feels awkward. For the actual flight to the ISS, you have to endure in this position for 8 hours.#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/09Kxn7WbZ6
It helps to be in good physical shape when flying to space. This helps ensure you maximize the experience. During their time in Star City the crew will have regular visits to the gym for a mixture of cardio and weight training, spend time in the pool, run outside, and even work on their balance on the trampoline!
Soyuz MS Spacecraft
MZ and Yozo will learn about the key systems of the Soyuz MS spacecraft, including the design and layout, life support systems, communication systems. Typically this starts with classroom training and then move to practical training in simulators.
MZ and Yozo will learn about the key systems on the Russian segment of the International Space Station as this is their primary home while in space. Training includes the basic layout, life support systems, communication systems, and how to look after themselves day to day from preparing food to going to the bathroom. Training typically starts with classroom training and then moves to practical training in simulators.
ISS Partner Segments
In addition learning about the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), MZ and Yozo also learn about the other segments of the ISS managed by the other international partners. To complete this training MZ and Yozo travel to the training facilities in Japan (JAXA), Germany (ESA) and the USA (NASA).
[T-82 Days] Completing the training at NASA, we are heading to the final training before the launch in Moscow. On the left of the photo is Yozo Hirano, who is going to ISS together this time, and on the right is Ogiso who is backup crew. pic.twitter.com/6tW0G03BOv— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) September 18, 2021
MZ is developing a mission program of activities in space that he will conduct with the assistance of Yozo. You can read more about this program at MZ website. Part of his training program will include the preparation for these activities, including how to shoot photo and video on the ISS, and how to send these back to Earth.
【47 days until Launch🚀】— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) October 23, 2021
I put on our mission patch and sponsor patches on my flight suit. Couldn’t forget ZOZO’s patch, but I also have patches for DEVILOCK and UNITED ARROWS. Bringing my gratitude for them to Space 🙏#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/N7xiUwuw9Y
【48 days until Launch🚀】— Yusaku Maezawa (MZ) (@yousuckMZ) October 22, 2021
Our mission patch is finally here!
The Earth and the Soyuz rocket, the eagle symbolizing Commander Mr. Misurkin, a red circle from Japanese flag and my MZ logo. And our crew member's names. So much excitement😁#MZJourneytoSpace pic.twitter.com/z4ZERKEduS