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11.10.2019

Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov passes away

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Today at the age of 85 Soviet cosmonaut # 11, the first Man to perform a spacewalk, twice awarded with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, Alexey Leonov passed away.

03.10.2019

Baikonur tour: Soyuz MS-15 launch

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September turned out to be a cosmic month. More than 400 tourists, representatives of the mass media and space agencies from around the world visited cosmodrome Baikonur for the 70th, landmark launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket from the Gagarin's Start. We witnessed the last start from Site 1, the modernization plan of the launch site is designed for three years and the next spacecraft launch will be relocated and also launched on new Soyuz-2.1a rockets.

24.08.2019

Baikonur tour: Soyuz MS-14 launch

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Our group of space fans has just returned from Baikonur launchsite where on August 22 at 08.38 local time, Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft with anthropomorphous robot FEDOR aboard was successfully launched. That will definitely remain a lifetime memory as we witnessed a historical event indeed since it was the first time an android was launched to space breaking new ground in the history of space exploration.

11.06.2019

Summer jet flights season

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In the first summer days our company organised a number of Albatros L-39 and Delfin L-29 flights. Great weather and the clear blue sky are a great combination to get to know the feeling of a true flight! Our guests from France, Switzerland, the USA and Russia got amazing positive sensations and they'll remember this adventure their whole lives.

16.05.2019

Victory Day flights

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Being such a notable and superb day, the 9th of May has not been spared by our guests who celebrated the victory day at the Oreshkovo airfield paying homage to the memory of war heroes by conducting breathtaking and unforgettable flights aboard L–39 jet trainer.

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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.