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Baikonur tour – Soyuz MS-05 launch

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Just a few days ago together with a large group of space fans we saw a manned spacecraft off to the ISS. Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft with Sergey Ryazansky (Roscosmos), Paolo Nespoli (ESA) and Randolf Bresnik (NASA) was launched from the pad #1 of Baikonur launhsite on July 28, at 21.41 local time (18.41, Moscow time).


Her Royal Highness at GCTC

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Guests from Switzerland who have already been to GCTC last year, came to Moscow again a while ago. Moreover they invited a group of their friends from different countries such as the USA, Switzerland, Brazil, France, and Spain. One of the group participants was Luxemburg royalty who was deeply inspired by the guide’s exciting speech about space industry.


Baikonur Tour – Soyuz MS-04 Launch

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Just a couple of days ago our crew returned from Baikonur where had spent 6 days with cosmonautics fans arranging for them a breathtaking tour with the observation of the launch. On April 20th, Soyuz MS-04 crew made up of Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and American astronaut Jack Fisher was successfully launched to the ISS.


April,12th - World’s Aviation and Cosmonautics Day

On April 12 we celebrate World’s Aviation and Cosmonautics Day. 56 years ago on April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin performed first spaceflight proving that there is nothing impossible.


Join our sky conquerors team!

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Going on with flight season 2017 we invite you to book your flights for spring and summer and join our sky conquerors!

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Sergey Nikolaevich RYAZANSKY

Test Cosmonaut,
Roscosmos Cosmonaut Detachment, Russia


November 13, 1974, Moscow


In 1991, finished secondary school No. 520 in Moscow.

In 1996, graduated from the biological faculty, chair of virology of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, specializing in «biochemistry».

In 2000 Ryazansky successfully finished the post-graduate course, SSC RF-IBMP RAS, specializing in Aviation, Space and Sea Medicine.

In 2006 Ryazansky defended a thesis for the degree of candidate of biological science on subject: Peculiarities of Voluntary Movements in the Support Unloading Conditions, majoring in «Physiology» and «Aviation, Space and Sea Medicine».


Married, they have three children.


Hero of the Russian Federation, pilot-cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.

Decorated with the Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation, Yu.A. Gagarin Medal and M.S. Ryazansky Medal of the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics, NASA Certificate for personal contribution to work at the International project Bion-11, a Diploma for significant contribution to the International 240-day experiment on space flight simulation — SFINCSS.

HOBBY: Cosmonautics, numismatics, football, handball.


Since 1996 he worked at the State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation — Institute of BioMedial Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SSC RF-IBMP RAS) as a junior researcher, since 2001 — as a researcher and since 2003 — as a senior researcher of the sensomotor physiology and prophylaxis department of SSC RF-IBMP RAS. Ryazansky is a member of IBMP Bioethic Commission.

In 2000 at IBMP he participated in the SFINCSS experiment as a member of the 7-th crew, staying in the «ground space» for 28 days (March 17 — April 14, 2000).

In 2001 Ryazansky took part in long-term hypokinesia experiments (3-7 days).

In 2002 he participated in the experiment with a 7-day «dry» immersion (simulation of weightlessness by immersion in the bath closed with waterproof fabric).

Since January 2003 he passed a thorough medical examination at IBMP in the scope of selection of candidates to be enlisted in IBMP cosmonaut detachment.

On March 26, 2003 Chief Medical Board (CMB) gave him permission.

On May 29, 2003 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for cosmonaut selection Ryazansky was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment to pass general space training (GST).

On June 16, 2003 he began general space training (GST) and completed it on June 27, 2005 having passed the graduation examinations with an excellent mark.

On July 5, 2005 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Board of Experts (IDBE) he got qualification as a cosmonaut researcher.

At a period of November 15-29, 2007 he took part (as the crew commander) in a 14-day check experiment under the MARS-500 Experiment Program.

From March 31 to July 14, 2009 he took part (as the crew commander) in a 105-day preparatory experiment under the program of the MARS-500 Experiment simulating a flight to Mars.

Upon the Experiment completion he began individual academic and simulator training to get qualification as a test cosmonaut.

At the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the crews of the manned vehicles and stations on April 26, 2010 he was certified as the detachment cosmonaut of SSC RF-IBMP RAS.

On November 12, 2010 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Board of Experts (IDBE) he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.

For the execution of Roscosmos Order No. 197, dated December 7, 2010 to organize the unified cosmonaut detachment in late December 2010 Ryazansky quitted his job at SSC RF-IBMP RAS. Since January 1, 2011 by Order of CTC Head he was enlisted in Yu.A. Gagarin CTC detachment and appointed to the post of test cosmonaut, thus Ryazansky was the first cosmonaut who transferred to CTC detachment.

On January 28, 2011 it was reported that he was assigned as a flight engineer to the prime crew of the ISS-37/38. On February 18, 2011 his assignment was confirmed in ESA press release No.08-2011.

From March to September 2013 Ryazansky passed training for a flight in the ISS-37/38 prime crew as the Soyuz TMA-M flight engineer and the ISS flight engineer.

On September 3, 2013 he began integrated training as flight engineer-1 of the ISS-37/38 prime crew together with commander Oleg Kotov and flight engineer-2 Michael Hopkins. That day the examination training on the ISS Russian Segment simulator was provided. Integrated training on the Soyuz TMA-M and the ISS Russian Segment simulator was provided until September 5. The crew fully completed training for a flight.

Ryazansky performed his first space flight from September 25, 2013 to March 11, 2014 as the ISS-37/38 crew flight engineer and the Soyuz TMA-10M flight engineer. The mission duration was 166 days 6 hours 17 minutes. During the flight he performed three EVAs of the total duration of 20 hours 5 minutes.

At the meeting of the Chief Medical Board on October 16, 2014 he was admitted to training in the crew.

On February 1-3, 2016 Ryazansky together with Norisighe Kanai and Randolf Bresnik passed training for actions in case of the emergency landing in the wooded – marshy area in winter. For three days the crew performed the training timeline overcoming difficulties occurred when working in uneasy weather conditions.

On May 6, 2016 his assignment to the prime crew of Soyuz MS-07 was confirmed in NASA press release 16-047.

On June 24 – 28, 2016 Ryazansky together with Norisighe Kanai and Randolf Bresnik passed training for “water survival”. On June 24 the crew performed the required tasks of the so-called “dry” training, on June 27 the crew performed the “long” training tasks and on June 28 – the “short” training tasks.

On September 7, 2016 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission it was preliminarily determined that the crew consisting of Sergei Ryazansky, Norisighe Kanai and Randolf Bresnik should be injected into orbit in May 2017 by Soyuz MS-05; so making the crew transfer to the ISS-52/53 visiting crew.

On March 14, 2017 at the meeting of the Chief Medical Board at the Cosmonaut Training Center he was recognized fit for a space flight.

On March 30, 2017 Sergei Ryazansky began to pass the integrated training as commander of the vehicle backup crew together with flight engineer Randolph Bresnik. That day the examination training on the Soyuz simulator was provided. On March 31 the crew passed the test training on the ISS Russian Segment.

On April 3, 2017 at the meeting of Interdepartmental Commission at the Cosmonaut Training Center the crew consisting of Sergei Ryazansky and Randolph Bresnik was recommended to proceed with prelaunch training at the Baikonur Cosmodrome as the Soyuz MS-04 backup crew.

On April 19, 2017 at the meeting of the State Commission which was held at the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Training and Educational Center of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC) he together with Randolph Bresnik was approved in the backup crew of the Soyuz MS-04 MTV.

On April 20, 2017 during the Soyuz MS-04 launch Sergei Ryazansky was a backup of the vehicle commander.