The training of the four astronaut candidates of the HUNOR Hungarian Astronaut Program, Gyula Cserényi, Tibor Kapu, Ádám Schlégl, and András Szakály, has reached a new stage. After passing the prerequisite physical fitness test in April, they completed the one-week on-land part of their survival training in mid-July –Honvédelem.hureports.
The training was conducted by the Special Preparation Section of the NCO Academy of the Hungarian Defense Forces, and the opening ceremony of the training event took place at the Görgey Artúr Barracks in Szentendre, near Budapest.
I would like to thank the Hungarian Defense Forces and the NCO Academy for their contribution to this training, and I would also like to thank them for the extremely high level of professional cooperation,”
said Gábor Magyari, Head of Flight Operations and Training of the Hungarian Astronaut Program, in his welcome speech. He said that the survival training fits into the official training schedule set by the European Space Agency.
In his opening speech, Colonel Zoltán Eleki, Deputy Chief of the Training Group of the Defense Training Headquarters, stressed that “this is an occasion that took place a very long time ago in the life of the Hungarian Defense Forces; we can welcome astronaut candidates and participate in their training.” He added that during the training
they will acquire skills that will help them to survive in emergency situations and to cooperate effectively with the units involved in the rescue.
“The SERE training is also very important for the soldiers, as it will give them a foundation on which they can build for further training, even abroad,” he added.
SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape) is a complex training system consisting of survival, enemy evasion, resistance, and egress. It includes training in shelter construction, food and water collection and purification, fire making, and field training at the Csobánka and Izbég training areas. The final exercise was a rescue by an H145M helicopter. In addition to reaching the extraction point, the candidates lit a fire to help determine their position via smoke signals.
The next stage in the training of the four is the three-day water-based part of the survival training in Szolnok.