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20.10.2017

Baikonur tour – Progress MS-07 launch

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On October 10 our Russian-Japanese-Spanish team of space fans left rainy Moscow for warm and sunny Baikonur.

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09.10.2017

Corporate event in GCTC for Unicredit specialists

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On October 3 Vegitel successfully arranged corporate program for Unicredit bank specialists at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre premises.

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21.09.2017

Baikonur Tour – Soyuz MS-06 Launch

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Together with a group of space and adventure fans we saw off to space from Baikonur launch site one more international crew. From tour to tour our groups tend to grow in size and though the major part of the group were Russian citizens it is very pleasant to see that more and more foreign guests show great interest to Russian cosmonautics. This time we had a team of space fans from USA, tourists from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and France.

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19.09.2017

Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft landing tour

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Recently our tourists have returned from Kazakhstan where they were taking part in such unforgettable adventure as expedition to Soyuz MS-04 landing site.

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29.08.2017

Zero gravity flight, November 14-15

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We are glad to announce new group admission for zero-gravity flight aboard GCTC IL-76MDK. The upcoming flight is scheduled for November 14-15, 2017

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Alexandr Misurkin

Hero of Russian Federation,
ROSCOSMOS Test Cosmonaut, Russia

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

September 23, 1977, Ershichi, Smolensk Region, Russia.

EDUCATION:

In 1999 he graduated from Armavir Military Aviation Institute (MAI) with a gold medal, was qualified as an «engineer-pilot».

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Since October 1999 he served as a pilot, master pilot, commander of the flight section of the guards training aviation regiment (TAR) of Krasnodar MAI (Tikhoretsk), the North-Caucasian military region.

TRAINING FOR SPACE MISSIONS:

In October, 2006 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for selection of cosmonauts Misurkin was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment to pass a course of general space training (GST).

Since February, 2007 he passed a two-year course of GST. In June, 2009 he completed general space training with an «excellent» mark. At the meeting of the Interdepartmental Qualification Commission (IDQC) Misurkin was qualified as a test cosmonaut.

Since October 2012 he passed training for a space flight within the prime crew of the ISS-35/36 Expedition as a flight engineer of the Soyuz TMA-M MTV and the ISS-35/36 flight engineer.

On March 7, 2013 Misurkin was approved by the Interdepartmental Commission as flight engineer-1 of the prime crew of the Soyuz TMA-08M vehicle.

On March 27, 2013 at the State Commission meeting at the Baikonur Cosmodrome he was approved as flight engineer-1 of the prime crew.

Since June, 2015 to October, 2016 he passed the traning as the ISS-49/50 backup crew member and backup of the vehicle commander.

Since October 2016 he passed training as commander of the Soyuz MS-05 manned transport spacecraft and the ISS flight engineer in the backup crew of the ISS-52/53.

Since July, 2017 he is passing the traning course as the prime spacecraft commander and commander odf ISS-54.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:

First space flight. Misurkin performed his first space flight at a period of March 29 to September 11, 2013 as a flight engineer of the Soyuz TMA-08M vehicle and the ISS flight engineer under the program for the prime crews of the ISS 35/36 together with Pavel Vinogradov and Christopher Cassidy. During the flight he performed three spacewalks, namely on June 24, 2013 – of the duration of 6 hours 35 minutes, on August 16, 2013 – of the duration of 7 hours 29 minutes, on August 22, 2013 – of the duration of 5 hours 58 minutes. The mission duration was 166 days 6 hours 15 minutes.

AWARDS AND RANKS:

Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.
Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation;
Medals For Distinction in Military Service Class II, III;
Medals of the Russian Federation Air Forces For Combat Heroism Class II.