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16.05.2019

Victory Day flights

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Being such a notable and superb day, the 9th of May has not been spared by our guests who celebrated the victory day at the Oreshkovo airfield paying homage to the memory of war heroes by conducting breathtaking and unforgettable flights aboard L–39 jet trainer.

17.04.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome trip, April 2019

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Progress MS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 4th of April. Liftoff took place at 14:01 Moscow time, setting the stage for the spacecraft to rendezvous with the outpost just over three hours later.

12.04.2019

April, 12th — Cosmonautics Day

On April 12, 1961, for the first time ever mankind went beyond the limits of the home planet and entered a new space age. We congratulate all space and cosmonautics fans on this great day and wish you all space health, peaceful skies, new heights and fantastic discoveries!

21.03.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome tour, March 2019

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On the 14th of March at 10:14 pm (Moscow time) it once more roared at the Baikonur cosmodrome. A spacecraft with a crew of three onboard was launched into space: A. Ovchinin, N. Hague and C. Koch. The MS-12 crew emblem was almost a copy of the MS-10 crew emblem, the spacecraft-launch of which went down in history as the first unsuccessful one since 1983 (!). Well, the Russian cosmonautics does not rest and goes on developing.

07.02.2019

From Russia with love

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Even strong frosts this year are unable to discourage tourists from discovering the world of cosmonautics. Besides, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Star City looks as astonishing in winter as in summer. Our French guest didn’t fear colds neither. The beginning of February was marked by another tour to Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Sebastian’s wife asked us to arrange the tour programme as a gift to her loved one.

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Andrey Borisenko

Hero of Russian Federation,
ROSCOSMOS 3-d class Test Cosmonaut

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

April 17, 1964, Leningrad, Russia.

EDUCATION:

1987 — graduated from Leningrad Military Mechnical Institute (now BSTU «Voenmekh» after D.F. Ustinov)

WORK EXPERIENCE:

1987-1989 — worked as a civil employee in the Navy.

Since 1989 he worked at NPO (RSC) Energia where till 1999 he worked in the Mir Orbital Complex onboard systems analysis group of the Main operations control team at MCC-M. Since 1999 till the beginning of general space training he worked as a shift flight director (SFD) at MCC-M first of the Mir Orbital Complex (directly participated in operations for the Mir Orbital Complex de-orbit) and then under the ISS program.

May, 2003 — at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee for the cosmonaut selection he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment to pass general space training.

June, 2003 — he began general space training which he completed on June 27, 2005 having passed graduation examinations with an excellent mark.
On July 5, 2005 by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee (IDQC) he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.

2005-2008 — passed space training course.

August, 2008 — April, 2009 — participated in training as ISS-24/25 backup crew member.

April, 2009 — April, 2010 participated in training as ISS-23/24 backup crew member, ISS onboard engineer, commander of Soyuz -TMA spacecraft.

April, 2010 — April, 2011 participated in training as ISS-27/28 prime crew member, ISS-27 onboard engineer and ISS-28 commander.

December, 2014 — February, 2016 participated in training as ISS-47/48 backup crew member, ISS and spacecraft onboard engineer.

Since March, 2016 participated in traning as ISS-49/50 prime crew onboard engineer and Soyuz MS-02 onboard engineer.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:

Andrey performed his first space flight at a period of April 5 to September 16, 2011 as ISS-27 and Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft onboard engineer and commander of ISS-28. The mission duration was 164 days.

AWARDS AND RANKS:
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.
Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation,
ROSCOSMOS Award, Gagarin Sign,
NASA Space Flight Medal and Distinguished Public Service Medal.