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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

39 photos

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

32 photos

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

17 photos

On October 3 Vegitel successfully arranged corporate program for Unicredit bank specialists at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre premises.

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Sergey Ryzhikov

ROSCOSMOS Test Cosmonaut

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:

August 19, 1974, Bugulma, Tatar ASSR, Russia.

EDUCATION:

1996 he graduated from the Kachinsk Higher Military Aviation Pilot School.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

October, 1996 — February, 1997 — served as a pilot of the Air Force troop unit.

February, 1997 — July, 1997 he was a senior pilot of the Air Force troop unit.

July 1997 — February, 2007 — served as a senior pilot, flight commander, Chief of Staff – Deputy Commander of the squadron, flight commander of the Air Force troop unit, the 14-th Air Army (Chita Region), Siberian Military District. Sergey RYZHIKOV is a 2-nd class military pilot, he mastered aircraft L-39 and MiG-29 (genetal flying time is more than 700 hours). A jumpmaster. Made 110 jumps.

On October 11, 2006 at the Interdepartmental Commission meeting for selecting cosmonauts he was recommended for the enlistment as a cosmonaut candidate of CTC detachment.

February, 2007 — June, 2009 — completed general space training course, having passed the state exams at CTC with an excellent mark. He was qualified as a test cosmonaut.

June, 2009 — January, 2014 — passed special space training course.

January, 2014 — July, 2014 — deputy shift flight commander on crew training in MCC-M.

December, 2014 — February, 2016 — passed training as ISS-47/48 backup crew member, ISS onboard engineer and spacecraft Soyuz commander.
Since March, 2016 — passed training as ISS-49/50 prime crew member, ISS onboard engineer and Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft commander.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE:

Sergey RYZHIKOV had no previous flight experience. He is in space flight now

AWARDS AND RANKS:

RF Ministry of Defense Medals
ROSCOSMOS Award.