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Join the group for a Z-gravity flight!

Are you dreaming of the unbelievable experience and keen on extreme adventures? Or you’ve probably been dreaming of space from early childhood? Our zero-gravity flight onboard unique Russian Ilyushin-76 MDK flying laboratory will enable you to float and fly like a cosmonaut under conditions of real weightlessness.


Summer Flights Season at the Height!

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After a long lockdown we all crave new adventures and now when we are finally free it is necessary to take our best chances! We are glad to inform you that we have resumed jet trainer flights and just for the last week have performed nine flights.


Back to the Future: Soyuz MS-09 launch

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Though currently we are facing challenging times and travelling around the world is just a distant dream let us hope for the better and get back to wonderful moments and fantastic adventures we have experienced in the past.


The 75th Anniversary of the Great Victory

This year we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. The 9th of May is a glorious date of our history. On this day we feel a special sense of gratitude and pride in remembering those who passed through severe trials in the fight in the name of peace and freedom for future generations.


World Aviation and Astronautics Day

On the 12th of April 1961 an extraordinary event occurred that has changed the world – the first ever human spaceflight of Yuri Gagarin laid a foundation for the age of space exploration. This event gave an opportunity for grand-scale scientific researches and discoveries, creation of high technologies and major technical evolution not only in the Soviet Union but worldwide.

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Sergey Ryzhikov

Roscosmos test cosmonaut, 3rd class
Reserve lieutenant colonel, Russian Armed Forces

  • Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft commander
  • ISS-64 commander,
  • 551st cosmonaut of the world,
  • 121st cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.


  • In 1991, he finished secondary school No.12 and Junior Aviators Club in Nizhnevartovsk (Tyumen Oblast).

  • In 1991, he enrolled into Orenburg Higher Military Aviation School of Pilots, after its disbandment was transferred to Kacha Higher Military Aviation School of Pilots graduating in 1996 specializing in Command Tactical Aviation and was qualified as a pilot-engineer.ration for spcflig

Work experience:

  • In 1996-2007, he served as military pilot.

By the time he was enlisted in the cosmonaut team, flied the L-39, MiG-29 aircraft and had logged more than 700 hours. Military pilot, 2nd class, ranks as officer diver and parachute jump instructor (over 350 parachute jumps).

Space training:
  • At the meeting of Interdepartmental Commission for Selecting Cosmonauts in October, 2006 he was enlisted as the cosmonaut candidate in Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center detachment during the 14th selection.

  • During February 2007 — June 2009, took general space training. After passing the exams was qualified as test cosmonaut.

  • In July 2009 — January 2014 trained as a member of ISS program specializing and enhancement group.

  • In December 2014 — March 2016 prepared as the ISS-47/48 Soyuz TMA-20M backup crewmember and ISS flight engineer.

  • In March — October 2016 trained as the ISS-49/50 prime crew member as the Soyuz MS-02 and ISS-49/50 flight engineer.

  • In June 2018 — July 2019 trained as the ISS-60/61 backup crew member, Soyuz MS commander and ISS flight engineer.

  • In July — September 2019, trained as ISS-60/61 backup crew member as the Soyuz MS spacecraft commander and ISS flight engineer.

  • In November 2019 — February 2020 prepared as the ISS-64 backup crew member as the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft commander and ISS flight engineer.

  • Due to ISS-63 crew composition changes, in February — April 2020 trained as the ISS-63 backup crew member as the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft commander and ISS-63 flight engineer.

  • In April 2020 started training as the ISS-64 prime crew member as the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft commander and ISS-64 commander.

Spaceflight experience:

  • His first spaceflight took place on October 19, 2016 — April 10, 2017, he was a member of the ISS-49/50 crew as the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft commander and the ISS-49/50 flight engineer.

    During the expedition, he conducted dozens of experiments from various fields of science according to the Russian scientific program. During the flight, Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko worked with Russian cargo ships, maintained onboard systems of the International Space Station, took photographs and videos, and prepared their Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft for return from orbit.

    The flight was 173 days long.


  • Hero of the Russian Federation (2018)
  • Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation medals, Roscosmos corporate awards and others.


  • Travelling,

  • reading,

  • music,

  • gardening.