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21.03.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome tour, March 2019

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On the 14th of March at 10:14 pm (Moscow time) it once more roared at the Baikonur cosmodrome. A spacecraft with a crew of three onboard was launched into space: A. Ovchinin, N. Hague and C. Koch. The MS-12 crew emblem was almost a copy of the MS-10 crew emblem, the spacecraft-launch of which went down in history as the first unsuccessful one since 1983 (!). Well, the Russian cosmonautics does not rest and goes on developing.

07.02.2019

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.

31.01.2019

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

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.

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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.