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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.

31.01.2019

Best St Valentine’s Day Gift

Brace yourselves, St Valentine’s Day is coming. In many world countries people want to spend this day making romantic surprises for their beloved and showing their true feelings. We are very glad to help 21st century romanticists to turn their most outstanding dreams and ideas into reality: sync aerobatics at sunset, family complex space training in GCTC and even marriage proposal aboard Mig-29 supersonic fighter via radio communication system during breathtaking aerobatics not to

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.

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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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