ISS Flight Engineer,
Soyuz TMA Flight Engineer
Test Cosmonaut of S.P.Korolev Rocket and
Space Corporation Energia, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: June 21, 1964, town of Chardzhou, Turkmenskaya
Farther: Dmitriy Ivanovich Kononenko (1927-1993).
Mother: Taisia Stepanovna Kononenko (Churakova), born in 1927.
EDUCATION: In 1988 he graduated from the Order of Lenin Kharkov Aviation
Institute after N.Y. Zhukovskiy (KhAI) specializing in Flight Vehicle Engines.
In 1986 he finished Higher State Extension Courses for managerial, engineering
and technical and research workers in patenting science and invention.
FAMILY STATUS: married.
Wife: Tatiyana Mikhailovna Kononenko (Yuryeva), born in 1963. In 2004
twins Andrey and Alisa had been born to them.
AWARDS OF SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIAL ORGANIATIONS: Medal after Yu.A. Gagarin
issued by Russian Federation of Cosmonautics.
HOBBY: cosmonautics (during his study at KhAI, he had been 3 years the
Director of the faculty’s Museum of Cosmonautics), reading books, sporting
games. He enjoys spending free time within the family circle.
From September 1981 to August 1982 he served as a freight consolidator
at air – technical base of Chardzhou’s integrated air detachment.
From April 1988 to September 1994 he worked as engineer, design engineer
at Central Specialized Design Bureau (TsSKB), the city of Kuibyshev (today
- Samara). He engaged in overall system design-analytical work and elaborating
working documentation on spacecraft power supply system. In 1991 he had
been awarded the title of the best young specialist within the enterprise.
On February 9th, 1996 by the decision of the State Interdepartmental
Commission he was selected as a cosmonaut candidate from TsSKB.
Form June 1996 he has been test cosmonaut of Department 501, TsSKB.
From June 1996 to March 1998 he had taken a course of general space
training at RGNII CTC.
On March 20, 1998 by the decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification
Commission he had been qualified as a test cosmonaut.
Since October 1998 he has been training within the ISS Program team.
Since January 1999 he has been test cosmonaut at RSC Energia Cosmonauts
On December 5, 2001 by the decision of the Interdepartmental Commission
for Cosmonauts Selection he was assigned Flight Engineer to the second
(backup) crew of the third Russian ISS Visiting Crew (VC-3).
From December 17, 2001 to April 2002 he got training as a crewmember
together with G. Padolka (call sign – "Altairy").
On April 25, 2002 during the launch of Soyuz TM-34 transport space
vehicle he was backup Flight Engineer of the space vehicle.
In March 2002 he was assigned Flight Engineer to the ISS-9 first crew
along with G. Padalka and E. Fincke. He started training for the mission
slated for autumn 2003. Following the Columbia Shuttle catastrophe, the
Mission Program was revised and his crew had been transferred to training
under the ISS Assembly Program with the supposed launch of Shuttle (ISS-ULF1)
carrying them as the second (backup) crew. However, due to continuous slips
of restarting Shuttle flights, the Missions Program was revised and the
crew was reduced to two persons. In so doing, Kononenko was taken out of
In late June 2005 he was enlisted in the combined team of cosmonauts
designated as ISS-15/16/17, upon which crew of ISS - 15, 16 and 17 - Expeditions
had been formed. On August 15, 2005 he got down to training within this
team at RGNII CTC.
From June 2 through June 10, 2006 he took port in training in Sevastopol
(Ukraine) focused on cases of failed water landing of descent vehicle with
conventional crew consisting of him, Sergei Volkov and Daniel Tani.
From January 16 through January 27, 2007 he took part in survival trainings
within conventional crew together with Andre Kuipers (ESA, Netherlands)
and Robert Thirsk (Canada) in the woodlands, within 30 km of Moscow. On
February 13, 2007 NASA confirmed his appointment as ISS-17 Flight Engineer,
as well as Flight Engineer of Soyuz-ÒÌÀ-12.
On November 2007, at the meeting of Roscosmos Interdepartmental Commission
for Cosmonauts Selection and Enlistment in Crews of Manned Space Vehicles
and stations he was approved as ISS-17 Flight Engineer and Soyuz-ÒÌÀ-12
By the data presented by Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
and reference book The Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts, 1960-2000.