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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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21.09.2017

Baikonur Tour – Soyuz MS-06 Launch

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Together with a group of space and adventure fans we saw off to space from Baikonur launch site one more international crew. From tour to tour our groups tend to grow in size and though the major part of the group were Russian citizens it is very pleasant to see that more and more foreign guests show great interest to Russian cosmonautics. This time we had a team of space fans from USA, tourists from Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand and France.

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19.09.2017

Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft landing tour

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Recently our tourists have returned from Kazakhstan where they were taking part in such unforgettable adventure as expedition to Soyuz MS-04 landing site.

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29.08.2017

Zero gravity flight, November 14-15

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We are glad to announce new group admission for zero-gravity flight aboard GCTC IL-76MDK. The upcoming flight is scheduled for November 14-15, 2017

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Jack David FISCHER

USAF Colonel
NASA astronaut, USA

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

Born January 23, 1974 in Boulder, Colorado.

EDUCATION:

In 1996 graduated from United States Air Force Academy.
In 1998 received a Master of Science degree in astrodynamics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

FAMILY STATUS:

Married to Elizabeth Fischer. They have two daughters.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

In 2004 graduated from test pilot school at the Edwards Air Force Base. He took part in testing of various airplanes, including F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft. He served in 411th flight test squadron at the Edwards Air Force Base.

At the time of selection he was serving air force strategy internship with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at Pentagon.

On June 29, 2009 he became an astronaut candidate when he was selected to be a member of NASA Astronaut Group 20.

He completed two years of basic astronaut training in July 2011 qualifying as an astronaut and was appointed to the department of the International Space Station and Soyuz spacecraft at the Astronaut Office.

September 15 through 28, 2013 on Sardinia island (Italy) he took part in survival training in caves in order to acquire skills of teamwork under extreme conditions together with astronauts Michael Barratt, Jeremy Hansen, Paolo Nespoli, Satoshi Furukawa and cosmonaut Alexi Ovchinin. Prior to the survival training exercise the participants had received some preparatory training which included theoretical and practical sessions in the caves, a rock climbing course and exercises in handling climbing equipment, lectures on cartography and direction finding, work with the equipment needed to carry out the experimental science program.

On March 10, 2015 he was introduced to the management and staff of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center as a Flight Engineer of the ISS-52/53 crew.

On June 25, 2015 he began training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center as a member of the main crew of ISS-52/53 together with Fedor Yurchikhin and Paolo Nespoli.

On August 6, 2015, his assignment to the main crew of Expedition ISS-52/53 was confirmed by NASA press release 15-161.

On January 28, 2016, at the Cosmonaut Training Center, together with Fedor Yurchikhin and Paolo Nespoli he underwent training in actions in case of emergency landing in marshy and wooded country in winter.

On October 24, 2016 he together with Fedor Yurchikhin and Paolo Nespoli passed the examination training on the Soyuz MTV simulator. On October 25, 2016 the crew passed the integrated test training on the ISS Russian Segment simulator.

On October 26, 2016 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission at the Cosmonaut Training Center the crew consisting of Fedor Yurchkhin, Jack Fisher and Paolo Nespoli was recommended to continue prelaunch training at the Baikonur Cosmodrome as a backup crew.

On November 16, 2016 at the meeting of the State Commission Fisher together with Fedor Yurchikhin and Paolo Nespoli was approved in the backup crew of the Soyuz MS-03 MTV.

On November 17, 2016 during the launch of the Soyuz MS-03 MTV he was a backup of the vehicle flight engineer.

HOBBY:

Likes to spend his time with the family, vacations in the open, travel.