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28.12.2018

New dates of zero-gravity flights for 2019

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New dates of zero-gravity flights for 2019 are approved. The nearest flights are planned for the period April 24-26. Book now and get your personal flight suit as a Christmas gift!

28.12.2018

‘Baptism by fire’ of the beginner-pilot and the pre-New Year aerobatics

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Another L-39 jet-trainer flights took place today. The first guest from Switzerland had been dreaming of becoming a pilot since he was a child and today, as a birthday present for his 18th anniversary, he got a flight on a real jet-trainer with aerobatic manoeuvres above the vast winter expenses of Kaluga region. The other guest from England already has a pilot license. Before that he flew propeller-planes and then he decided to get acquainted with jet-planes.

26.12.2018

Christmas Eve in Star City

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We are always glad to meet new space conquerors but there is something very heartwarming and peculiar in welcoming back old friends coming back again for the new impressions. Two years ago we arranged an extended aerospace program for a family from Switzerland. On Christmas Eve Boris and Irina with their son came to Star City again.

08.12.2018

Baikonur tour – Soyuz MS-11 launch

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Once again we saw off to space an international space crew from Baikonur. Despite extreme weather conditions common for Kazakh steppes in winter many space enthusiasts from all over the world came to support the crew made up of commander Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and flight engineers ESA astronaut David Saint-Jaques and NASA astronaut Ann MacCain . On the whole we had guests from Germany, Mexico, Singapore, Canada, Italy, Australia and of course Russia.

06.12.2018

The winter season of jet-plane flights has begun!

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Russian frosts do not frighten the real extreme-lovers. The first winter day, 1.12.2018, started with a flight of our guest from Switzerland who is a pilot himself. In frosty sunny days, the airfield acquires a unique allure. A thirty-minutes’ higher aerobatics programme on L-29 can fascinate both amateurs and advanced pilots. Meanwhile, Mansur aerobear refuses to hibernate and demands morsels and fun. In a couple of days, there were more flights on the L-29 jet trainer and on L-39 jet

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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.