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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

09.11.2018

New adventures for old friends

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Even the most versed adventure-seekers are guaranteed to get adrenaline rush with us! After the breathtaking flight on L-39 our guest from Hong Kong returned to Russia to experience the sensations of extra vehicular activity, which can only be possible with the unique Egress-2 simulator at GCTC in Starcity.

17.10.2018

Baikonur tour – Soyuz MS-10 launch

56 photos

In October we traditionally went to Baikonur to see of to space Soyuz MS-10 crew. For the first time in 35 years there arouse off-nominal situation 122 seconds after the launch and due to the booster failure the spacecraft was not orbited but the more important is that thanks to the genius engineering of Soyuz the cosmonauts were saved. All this united our big international team even more but we’d better never face such situations again. Find our detailed photo report and get inspired.

10.08.2018

Space program for our Chinese guests

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A few days ago our company arranged a complex training program for Chinese guests in GCTC. The schedule was very busy, our guests studied Soyuz spacecraft design and layout, put on Sokol spacesuits, tried to cook real space food with the help of GCTC specialized facility, performed a spacewalk wearing Orlan spacesuits, worked inside ISS module and besides had a seties of theoretical sessions dedicated to space topics.

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Mark Vande Hei

NASA Astronaut, USA
Colonel, U.S. Army

PERSONAL DATA:

Born in 1966 in Virginia. He and his wife, Julie, are the proud parents of two children. He enjoys exercise, camping, windsurfing and reading. His parents, Thomas and Mary Vande Hei, reside in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Julie’s mother, Patricia Murrell, and father, Clyde Murrell, are deceased.

EDUCATION:

Saint Joseph’s High School, Metuchen, New Jersey;
Benilde-Saint Margaret’s High School, Saint Louis Park, Minnesota, 1985;
Bachelor of Science in Physics, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989;
Master of Science in Applied Physics, Stanford University, 1999.

EXPERIENCE:
Vande Hei was commissioned through ROTC following graduation from Saint John’s University in 1989. After graduating from the Army’s Engineer Officer Basic Course and Ranger School, he reported to the 3rd Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment (Airborne Battalion Combat Team), Caserma Ederle, Italy. His roles there included combat engineer platoon leader, heavy engineer platoon leader, cold-weather-training officer, and support platoon leader. As a combat engineer platoon leader, he served in Iraq during Operation Provide Comfort. In 1994, he reported to the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Carson, Colorado. While there, Vande Hei served in the staff of the 299th and 4th Engineer Battalions, and then commanded C Company, 4th Engineer Battalion. After completing a Master of Science degree in 1999, he served as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. In 2003, he reported to the Army’s 1st Space Battalion at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. There, he served as an Army space support team leader, then as the battalion’s operations officer. As an Army space support team leader, Vande Hei deployed to Iraq for 12 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Other military training Vande Hei completed includes the Army Air Assault Course, Parachutist Course, German Winter Operations Course, Engineer Officer Advanced Course, Battalion Maintenance Officers’ Course, Command and General Staff College and the Space Operations Officer Qualification Course.

NASA EXPERIENCE:

Vande Hei reported to the Johnson Space Center in July 2006 to serve as a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center, Houston. He served as an International Space Station CAPCOM for Expeditions 15 to 20 and STS-122, 123, 124, 126 and 127.

Vande Hei was selected in June 2009 as a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class.

He completed astronaut candidate training in June 2011, after which he continued to serve as a CAPCOM.

From June 2012 to May 2013, he served as the Astronaut Office’s Director of Operations in Russia.

He is currently assigned to International Space Station Expeditions 53 and 54, which is planned to launch in September 2017.

AWARDS AND HONORS:

Legion of Merit;
Joint Service Commendation Medal;
Joint Meritorious Unit Award;
Southwest Asia Service Medal;
various other campaign and service awards;
NASA Achievement Medal;
previous captain of the Saint John’s Ranger Challenge Team.


ORGANISATIONS:

Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Member of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honor society.