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27.12.2017

Baikonur tour – Soyuz MS-07 launch

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Once again we saw off to space one more international crew. Despite extremely cold weather conditions in Baikonur we had a big group of space fans willing to witness the launch of Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft with crew commander Anton Shkaplerov (Roscosmos) and flight engineers Scott Tingle (NASA) and Norishige Kanai (JAXA) aboard.

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05.12.2017

Zero-g flights in late November

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On November 28 we successfully performed two zero-gravity flights. Well-known Russian Company arranged an unusual corporate event dedicated to space topic for its specialists and we are very glad to see that cosmonautics becomes more and more popular. Program participants had a general tour around Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre area visiting its most important facilities learned how the cosmonauts prepare for the spaceflights, how the work and live on the orbit and even could feel

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28.11.2017

Jet flights for our Chinese guests

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For the last week Vegitel Company has arranged 4 flights aboard Aero L-39 Albatros jet fighter for Chinese tourists. They totally rocked this rather nasty day and filled it with joy and bright impressions. The tourists performed all kind of aerobatics aboard Aero L-39 Albatros, some of them were lucky to perform twin aerobatics together with Aero L-29 Delfin.

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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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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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