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27.12.2017

Baikonur tour – Soyuz MS-07 launch

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Once again we saw off to space one more international crew. Despite extremely cold weather conditions in Baikonur we had a big group of space fans willing to witness the launch of Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft with crew commander Anton Shkaplerov (Roscosmos) and flight engineers Scott Tingle (NASA) and Norishige Kanai (JAXA) aboard.

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05.12.2017

Zero-g flights in late November

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On November 28 we successfully performed two zero-gravity flights. Well-known Russian Company arranged an unusual corporate event dedicated to space topic for its specialists and we are very glad to see that cosmonautics becomes more and more popular. Program participants had a general tour around Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre area visiting its most important facilities learned how the cosmonauts prepare for the spaceflights, how the work and live on the orbit and even could feel

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28.11.2017

Jet flights for our Chinese guests

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For the last week Vegitel Company has arranged 4 flights aboard Aero L-39 Albatros jet fighter for Chinese tourists. They totally rocked this rather nasty day and filled it with joy and bright impressions. The tourists performed all kind of aerobatics aboard Aero L-39 Albatros, some of them were lucky to perform twin aerobatics together with Aero L-29 Delfin.

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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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Scott Tingle

NASA Astronaut (USA), Captain, U.S. Navy

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Born on July 19, 1965 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, but considers his hometown as Randolph, Massachusetts.

FAMILY STATUS: Married to the former Raynette Mahelona of Kailua, Hawaii. They have three children.

EDUCATION:

Graduated from Blue Hills Regional Vocational Technical High School, Canton, Massachusetts, in 1983.

Earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University in 1987.

Earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a specialty in fluid mechanics and propulsion from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, in 1988.

Attended University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Executive Leadership program in June 2015.

EXPERIENCE:

Following graduate school, Captain Tingle spent three years with the Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California, as a member of technical staff in their Propulsion Department.

He was commissioned as a naval officer in 1991 and earned his wings of gold as a naval aviator in 1993.

He began his operational flying career in 1994 with the Blue Diamonds of VFA-146 based in Lemoore, California. He deployed to the Western Pacific and North Arabian Gulf with Carrier Air Wing Nine aboard the USS Nimitz.

Following graduation from Navy Test Pilot School in 1998, he performed as an operational test pilot for the FA-18E/F Super Hornet program with the Vampires of VX-9, located at China Lake, California.

Tingle then completed a CAG Paddles tour flying FA-18A/C Hornets with Carrier Air Wing Eleven (CVW-11) aboard USS Carl Vinson. CVW-11 and USS Carl Vinson were first responders for the attacks of September 11, 2001 and Executed Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

After a tour as assistant operations officer with the Strike Fighter Wing Pacific and instructor pilot with VFA-122, he completed a department head tour as safety officer, maintenance officer and operations officer while flying the FA-18A Hornet with the Warhawks of VFA-97 (Lemoore, California).

Tingle completed a deployment with CVW-11 to the Western Pacific/North Arabian Gulf and also deployed with Marine Air Group Twelve (MAG-12) to Iwakuni, Japan. In 2005, Tingle returned to Patuxent River, Maryland, as the Ship Suitability Department Head and test pilot with the Salty Dogs of VX-23. Here, he tested FA-18C Hornet, FA-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft and certified aircraft carrier precision landing systems. Tingle was attached to PMA-201 as the assistant program manager/systems engineer for the Standoff Land Attack Missile (SLAM) and Harpoon weapon systems when selected as an astronaut.

He has accumulated more than 4,500 flight hours in 51 types of aircraft, 750 carrier arrestments and 54 combat missions.

NASA EXPERIENCE:

Captain Tingle was selected in July 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. His training included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, spacewalks, robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training.

On August 30, 2017 Scott TINGLE together with Anton SHKAPLEROV and Shannon WALKER passed a comprehensive test training on the Soyuz MS simulator.

On August 31, 2017 the crew passed the examination training on the ISS RS simulator.

On September 11, 2017 at the meeting of the State Commission at the Baikonur Cosmodrome he was approved as a flight engineer of the Soyuz MS-06 backup crew.

On September 13, 2017 during the launch of the Soyuz MS-06 MTV he was a backup of the vehicle flight engineer.

He is currently assigned to International Space Station Expeditions 54 and 55 and is scheduled to launch December 2017.

AWARDS AND HONORS:

awarded a Meritorious Service Medal,

three Air Medals,

six Navy Commendation Medals, including a Combat V,

four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and various unit commendations,

graduated magna cum laude from Southeastern Massachusetts University,

outstanding Graduate of U.S. Navy Test Pilot School Class 113.

ORGANIZATIONS:

Society of Experimental Test Pilots,
Experimental Aircraft Association,
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics,
Tailhook Association,
U.S. Navy Test Pilot School Alumni Association,
Purdue University Alumni Association,
University of Massachusetts Alumni Association,
Save the Children.