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17.04.2019

Baikonur cosmodrome trip, April 2019

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Progress MS-11 resupply mission to the International Space Station launched from Site 31/6 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 4th of April. Liftoff took place at 14:01 Moscow time, setting the stage for the spacecraft to rendezvous with the outpost just over three hours later.

12.04.2019

April, 12th — Cosmonautics Day

On April 12, 1961, for the first time ever mankind went beyond the limits of the home planet and entered a new space age. We congratulate all space and cosmonautics fans on this great day and wish you all space health, peaceful skies, new heights and fantastic discoveries!

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

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Sergey Prokopyev

Test Cosmonaut of ROSCOSMOS, Russia
Lt. Colonel of reserve, Armed Forces of the Russian Federation

BIRTH DATE AND BIRTH PLACE: Born on February 19, 1975 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg).

EDUCATION:

In 1992 he finished secondary school No.64 in Yekaterinburg.

In 1997 Sergey Prokopiev graduated from the Tambov Higher Military Pilot School specializing in Command Tactical Aviation, Air Movement Control and was qualified as a pilot-engineer.

At a period of 2002 — 2005 he studied at Michurinsk State Agrarian University specializing in Accounting, Analysis and Audit, upon completion of his study he was qualified as Economist.

EXPERIENCE:

In 1997 — 2007 he served as Deputy Commander of the aircraft; his service was provided in such cities as Orsk, Ryazan and Vozdvizhenka.

In 2007 — 2009 he served as commander of the Tu-22М3 aircraft, commander of the air detachment of the 52-nd Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment at Long-range aviation Air Base Shaikovka, Kaluga region. Combat participant.

In 2009 — 2010 he served as the aircraft commander and since 2010 — as commander of aviation group of strategic bombers Tu-160 of the 121-st Heavy Bomber Aviation Regiment at Long-range aviation Air Base Engels, Saratov region.

He participated in the military parade on May 9, 2010 flying the Tu-160 over the Red Square.

Sergey Prokopiev flied the Yak-52, L-39, Tu-134UBL, Tu-22М3 and Tu-160 and had logged more than 850 hours (by September 2011).

TRAINING FOR SPACE MISSIONS:

January 31, 2011 Sergey Prokopiev he was enlisted as a candidate to Cosmonaut Detachment.

From February, 2011 till July, 2012 he began to pass general space training.

On August 6, 2012 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Qualification Commission (IDQC) to assess the training of candidates for test cosmonauts (selection of 2010) he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.

From August, 2012 till June 2015 he passed training as a member of group with specialization on Soyuz TMA-M and ISS.

From June, 2015 till September 2015 he trained as an ISS-45/46/VE-18 backup crewmember as a flight engineer of the manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-M and as a backup member of a 10-day ISS visiting Expedition.

From March, 2017 till December 2018 he passed traning as an ISS-54/55 backup crewmember as a commander of Soyuz MS and a flight engineer of the ISS.
Since December, 2017 he has been training for a space mission as a member of the main crew of ISS-56/57 as a comander of the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-09 and a flight engineer of the ISS.

HONORARY RANK AND AWARDS:

Decorated with Military Service Order

Medals of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation for Meritorious Military Service Second and Third Classes,

Medal for Participation in a Military Parade on Victory Day.

HOBBY: history, football, badminton, underwater hunting.