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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.


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


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!


‘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.


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.

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Oleg Kononenko

Hero of the Russian Federation,
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation


In 1988 he graduated from Kharkov Order of Lenin Aviation Institute after N.E. Joukovsky (KhAI), specializing in the Vehicle propulsion systems.


Since 1998 worked at RSC Energia, namely was engaged in the elaboration of flight documentation and the development test of the EVA equipment and procedures in conditions simulating weightlessness on the Selen stand and neutral buoyancy in CTC hydrodynamics laboratory; participated in the Service Module prelaunch processing on the EVA and teleoperation control mode issues; took part in the ISS crews training for EVA; supervised EVAs on the ISS at MCC; participated in the sea crew training for DM water landing; was a member of the maintenance team of DM in the landing area; was a member of the test team as a test worker in Orlan-M-GN; EMU spacesuits and a safety diver in the light-weight diving gear.


From 1988 he worked as an engineer, design engineer, leading design engineer at the Central Specialized Design Bureau of State Research & Production Rocket-Space Center TsSKB-PROGRESS (Samara) of the Russian Space Agency.


On March 29, 1996 he was selected as a candidate for test cosmonaut from TsSKB-PROGRESS by decision of the State Interdepartmental Committee.

From June 1996 to March 1998 he passed general space training at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC.

On March 20, 1998 by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee he got a qualification of a test cosmonaut.

From October 1998 he has passed training as a member of the cosmonaut group under the ISS flight program.

From January 1999 he has been a test cosmonaut of OAO RSC Energia.

From December 2001 till April 2002 he passed training together with G.I. Padalka in the Soyuz TM-34 backup crew (the ISS third visiting crew).

From April 2002 to February 2004 he passed training with G.I. Padalka and NASA astronaut Michael Fincke for a space flight as a flight engineer of the ISS-9 prime crew and then in the ISS-11 prime crew with NASA astronaut John Phillips. Due to the ISS flight program change the crews were reorganized.

From March 2004 till March 2006 he passed training in the cosmonaut group under the ISS flight program.

From March 2006 till March 2008 — training with S.A. Volkov and NASA astronauts Garret Reisman and Gregory Chamitoff in the ISS-17 prime crew for a space flight.

From December 2009 till October 2010 — training with S.A. Volkov and NASA astronaut Ronald Garan in the ISS-25/26 backup crew.

From October 2010 till July 2011 he passed training as a backup crew member of ISS-28/29 and a comander of Soyuz TMA-02M manned spacecraft.

On January 22, 2011 by order of CTC chief he was assigned to CTC cosmonaut detachment as a test cosmonaut.

From June till December 2011 he passed training as a prime crew member and a comander of the Soyuz TMA-03M, a flight engineer of the ISS-30 and a comander of the ISS-31.

From January 2013 till November 2014 he passed traning as a backup crew member of the ISS-42/43.

From November 2014 till July 2015 passed training as the ISS-44/45 prime crew flight engineer and a comander of the Soyuz TMA-17M.

Since November 2016 Oleg Kononenko was appointed as a ROSCOSMOS’ cosmonaut team comander.

Since January 2017 he trained as a backup crew mwmber of thr ISS-56/57.


Expedition 17. He performed his first space flight from April 8 to October 24, 2008 as a flight engineer of the Soyuz TMA-12 TMV, a flight engineer of the ISS-17 prime crew. During the flight he performed two EVAs on July 10, 2008 and on July 15, 2008 of the total duration of 12 hr 15 min. The flight duration was 198 days 16 hours 19 minutes 48 seconds.

Expedition 30/31. Oleg performed his second space flight from December 21 to July 01, 2012 as a commander of Soyuz TMA-03M manned spacecraft, a flight engineer of the ISS-30 and a commander of the ISS-31. During the flight he performed one spacewalk. The flight duration was 192 days 18 hours 58 minutes 37 seconds.

Expedition 44/45. Kononenko performed his third space flight from July 23 to December 11, 2015 as a commander of Soyuz TMA-17M manned spacecraft, a flight engineer of the ISS-44/45. The flight duration was 141 days 16 hours 16 minutes 46 seconds.


Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation,

Hero of the Russian Federation.

Order of Merit for the Motherland III class, IV class

Medal of Merit for space exploration