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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

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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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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.