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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

09.11.2018

New adventures for old friends

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Even the most versed adventure-seekers are guaranteed to get adrenaline rush with us! After the breathtaking flight on L-39 our guest from Hong Kong returned to Russia to experience the sensations of extra vehicular activity, which can only be possible with the unique Egress-2 simulator at GCTC in Starcity.

17.10.2018

Baikonur tour – Soyuz MS-10 launch

56 photos

In October we traditionally went to Baikonur to see of to space Soyuz MS-10 crew. For the first time in 35 years there arouse off-nominal situation 122 seconds after the launch and due to the booster failure the spacecraft was not orbited but the more important is that thanks to the genius engineering of Soyuz the cosmonauts were saved. All this united our big international team even more but we’d better never face such situations again. Find our detailed photo report and get inspired.

10.08.2018

Space program for our Chinese guests

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A few days ago our company arranged a complex training program for Chinese guests in GCTC. The schedule was very busy, our guests studied Soyuz spacecraft design and layout, put on Sokol spacesuits, tried to cook real space food with the help of GCTC specialized facility, performed a spacewalk wearing Orlan spacesuits, worked inside ISS module and besides had a seties of theoretical sessions dedicated to space topics.

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Anton Shkaplerov

Hero of Russian Federation, 2-nd class Test Cosmonaut (ROSCOSMOS, Russia)

BIRTH DATE AND BIRTH PLACE: February 20, 1972, Sevastopol

EDUCATION:

From 1989 to 1992 he studied at Chernigov Higher Military Pilot School (HMPS).

In 1994 he graduated from Kachinsk Higher Military Pilot School with honours diploma.

In 1997 Shkaplerov graduated from Joukowski Military Air Engineering Academy with specialization: Research Engineer-Pilot.

Since 2006 he studied at the Russian Government Service Academy at the President of the Russian Federation specializing in jurisdiction.

EXPERIENCE:

From 1997 to 1998 he served in combatant forces in Kaluga region.

Since 1998 he was a senior pilot-instructor of pilot group Sky Hussars of Aircraft Engineering Exhibition Center (AEEC), Air Forces, then — the Air Forces aviation regiment squadron commander, Kubinka, Moscow Region. He flies aircraft L-39 and MiG-29.

TRAINING FOR SPACE MISSIONS:

On May 29, 2003 by decision of the Interdepartmental Committee for the cosmonaut selection he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment to pass general space training (GST).

From June 16, 2003 to June 28, 2005 he passed a course of general space training and on July 5, 2005 by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.

Since July 2008 he passed training as a backup commander of the Soyuz-TMA vehicle and a member of ISS-22/23

Since December 2009 he passed traning as the backup crew commander of the Soyuz TMA-17 vehicle and a flight engineer of the ISS-27/28.

Since Aprile 2011 he passed traning as the prime crew commander of the Soyuz TMA vehicle and a flight engineer of the ISS-29/30.

Since January 2013 he passed traning as the backup crew commander of the Soyuz TMA vehicle and a flight engineer of the ISS-40/41.

Since June 2014 he passed traning as the prime crew commander of the Soyuz TMA-M vehicle and a flight engineer of the ISS-42/43.

Since October 2016 he passed traning as the backup crewmember of the ISS-54/55.

Since March 2017 he passed traning as the backup crew commander of the Soyuz MS-06 vehicle and a flight engineer of the ISS-53/54.

Since September 2017 he passed traning as the prime crew commander of the Soyuz MS-07 vehicle and a flight engineer of the ISS-54 and a commander of the ISS-55.

EXPERIENCE OF SPACE MISSIONS:

He performed his first space flight at a period of November 14, 2011 to April 27, 2012 as the Soyuz TMA-22 vehicle commander and ISS-29/30 flight engineer together with Anatoly Ivanishin and Daniel Burbank. On February 16, 2012 in flight he performed one EVA of the duration of 06 hr 15 min on February 16, 2012. The mission duration was 165 days 7 hr 31 min.

He performed his second space flight from November 24, 2014 to June 11, 2015 as commander of the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft and the ISS-42/43 flight engineer together with Samantha Christoforetti and Terry Wurtz. The flight duration was 199 days 16 hours 42 minutes 48 seconds.

HONORARY RANK AND AWARDS:

Russian Federation Pilot-Cosmonaut (2013).

Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation (2013),

Distinguished Service Medal Third, Second and First Classes,

For Combat Heroism Second Class,

Air Force Service Medal. Order of Services for the Fatherland IV Class (2017).

Honorary citizen of Sevastopol hero-city (2012) and Gagarin town of Smolensk region.

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