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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.

26.12.2018

Christmas Eve in Star City

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We are always glad to meet new space conquerors but there is something very heartwarming and peculiar in welcoming back old friends coming back again for the new impressions. Two years ago we arranged an extended aerospace program for a family from Switzerland. On Christmas Eve Boris and Irina with their son came to Star City again.

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

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Kimbrough Robert Shane

NASA ASTRONAUT,
COL., U.S. ARMY, RET.

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

Born June 4, 1967, in Killeen, Texas.

EDUCATION:

1985 — graduated from The Lovett School, Atlanta, Georgia,
1989 — received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York,
1998 — Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Kimbrough graduated from West Point in May 1989 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

He entered the U.S. Army Aviation School in 1989 and was designated an Army aviator in 1990.

In late 1990, he was assigned to the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Georgia, and was deployed to Southwest Asia, where he served in Operation Desert Storm. He served in the 24th Infantry Division as an attack helicopter platoon leader, aviation liaison officer and attack helicopter battalion operations officer.

In 1994, he was assigned to the 229th Aviation Regiment (Attack) (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he commanded an Apache helicopter company as well as the Regimental headquarters company.

After completing a Masters of Science degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998, he was assigned as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the United States Military Academy. Other military schools include the Army Parachutist Course, Army Jumpmaster Course, German Airborne Course, the Combined Arms Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College.

NASA EXPERIENCE:

Kimbrough joined the NASA team at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in September 2000. He was assigned to NASA’s Aircraft Operations Division at Ellington Field in Houston, where he served as a Flight Simulation Engineer (FSE) on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA).

Kimbrough was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 2004.

In February 2006, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Completion of this initial training qualified him for various technical assignments within the Astronaut Office and future flight assignment as a Mission Specialist.

Kimbrough completed his first spaceflight in 2008, logging a total of 15 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes and 37 seconds in space and 12 hours and 52 minutes in two spacewalks.

Kimbrough served as the Chief of the Vehicle Integration Test Office (VITO) from June 2013 to June 2014 in the Flight Crew Operations Directorate as well as serving as the Robotics Branch Chief for the Astronaut Office.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:

STS-126 Endeavour (November 14 to November 30, 2008) launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, and returned to land at Edwards Air Force Base, California. It was NASA’s 4th shuttle flight in 2008 and the 27th shuttle/station assembly mission. Highlights of the almost 16-day mission included expanding the living quarters of the space station to eventually house six-member crews by delivering a new bathroom, kitchen, two bedrooms, an exercise machine and a water recycling system. During the mission, Kimbrough performed two spacewalks, logging a total of 12 hours and 52 minutes. STS-126 also delivered a new resident to the station, replacing Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 17/18, with Sandy Magnus, Expedition 18. STS-126 returned to Earth after completing 250 orbits in over 6 million miles.

Kimbrough has been assigned to the Expedition 49/50 crew scheduled to launch to the International Space Station in autumn 2016.

AWARDS AND RANKS:

— Captain of the West Point baseball team;
— First Team All-Conference Pitcher;
— Distinguished Graduate from the U.S. Army flight school;
— Two Meritorious Service Medals;
— Army Commendation Medal;
— Army Achievement Medal;
— National Defense Service Medal;
— Southwest Asia Service Medal;
— Kuwaiti Liberation Medal;
— Saudi Arabian Kuwaiti Liberation Medal;
— Valorous Unit Award;
— Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.