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25.04.2018

Zero-G flight, April 2018

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Recently our Company has successfully performed group zero-gravity flight. A team of our flight participants from Russia, France and UAE experienced real weightlessness aboard GCTC Ilyushin-76 MDK flying laboratory.

11.04.2018

April, 12th - Cosmonautics Day

On April 12 we celebrate a very important day that marked the beginning of space era. On April 12, 1961 legendary Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin performed the first ever space flight that lasted for 108 minutes. Now it seems not so long compared to the contemporary space missions but for humanity this spaceflight opened a wonderful world of space science and exploration.

27.03.2018

Baikonur space launch tour, Soyuz MS-08

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A group of our tourists has returned back from Baikonur cosmodrome where they took part in a rocket launch tour. We had a chance to see of the crew of Soyuz MS-08 comprised of commander Oleg Artemyev and flight engineers Andrew Fuestel and Richard Arnold at the way to space.

20.02.2018

Filming Project for Danish TV

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Our Company successfully implemented a very interesting project for Danish TV2. In the framework of this program the anchorman performed 30 minutes flight aboard L-39 Albatros. Our pilot demonstrated highest skills and capabilities of the aircraft performing various aerobatics such as low passes, rolls, turns, zooms etc.

09.02.2018

One day in Star City

23 photos

Early February we successfully implemented an extensive program of space trainings for our new friends. Since they are extreme fans and go in for sky-jumping their main task was to challenge themselves.

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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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