Soyuz TMA TS Commander,
Colonel, RF Air Force
Test Cosmonaut-Instructor of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center,
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: June 21, 1958, Krasnodar, RSFSR (Russia).
Father: Ivan Vasilievich Padalka, born in 1931.
Mother: Valentina Mefodievna Padalka (Melenchenko), born in 1931.
EDUCATION: In 1979 he graduated from Eisk Higher Military Pilot School
after V.M. Komarov. In 1994 after training at the International Center
of Training Systems he got a qualification of engineer-ecologist and a
degree of Master of ecological monitoring.
FAMILY STATUS: Married.
Wife: Irina Anatolievna Padalka (Ponomareva), born in 1959.
Daughters: Yulia, born in 1979, Ekaterina, born in 1985 and Sofia,
born in 2000.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
Hero of the Russian Federation, Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation.
He is decorated with Gold Star Medal of the Hero of the Russian Federation,
Fatherland Service Medal fourth class, Medals of the Russian Federation
and also Medal of the International Fund of Cosmonautics support for Service
Prize winner of the Russian Federation Government in the field of science
He is keen on theatre, sport games, running, swimming, skiing, badminton
and parachute sport. In April 2005 he rided in air balloon Holy Russia
over the North Pole.
In 1979-1984 he served as a pilot, master pilot in guards fighter bomber
regiments of the Soviet Forces Group in Germany and from 1984 to 1989 he
served in Air Force units of Far-Eastern military region.
He is the 1-st class military pilot. By the time of enlistment in the
cosmonaut detachment he mastered aircraft L-29, MiG-15UTI, MiG-17, Su-7B,
Su-7U, Su-7BM, Su-24. He logged more than 1200 hours, made more than 300
In 1989 he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment.
From June 1989 to January 1991 he passed a course of general space
training at Yu. A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
On February 1, 1991 a qualification of a test-cosmonaut was conferred
on him by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee.
In 1991-1996 he passed training in the group under the program of flights
to the Mir Station.
From September 1996 to July 1997 he passed training as the backup crew
commander under PC-24 program on the Mir Station together with S. Avdeev
and Jean-Pierre Haignere (France).
In 1997 he was a backup of A. Soloviev, commander of the Soyuz TM-26
In October 1997 - July 1998 he passed training as the prime crew commander
of the Soyuz TM-28 spacecraft for flight under PC-26 program together with
S. Avdeev and Yu. Baturin.
From August 13, 1998 to February 28, 1999 he performed the first space
flight as the commander of the Soyuz TM-28 spacecraft and Mir Orbital Complex
under PC-26 program together with S. Avdeev and Yu. Baturin. He made a
landing together with I. Bella (Slovakia). During the flight he made one
egress into open space and one transfer to the Spektr depressurized module;
the total duration of these operations was 6 hr. 26 min.
On February 3, 1999 he was appointed as commander of the backup crew
under PC-29 program together with S. Treschev by decision RSA Board. However,
on June 1, 1999 General Designers' Review adopted a decision on the Mir
Orbital Complex shift to the unmanned flight mode since August 1999 and
the crew including G. Padalka - S. Treschev was broken up.
From June 15, 1999 to July 6, 2000 he passed training as the first
crew commander under ISS-1R program for flight to the Zvezda Service Module
(in case of failure of automatic docking to the ISS) together with N. Budarin.
From November 2000 he passed training for flight under ISS-4 program
together with E. Fink and S. Robbins as the backup crew commander.
He performed the second space flight from April 19 to October 24, 2004
under the ISS Expedition-9 program as the ISS commander, Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft
commander. The ISS-9 crew received and unloaded the Progress M-49 and M-50
cargo transport vehicles, provided four ascents of the ISS orbit, restored
CMG-2 power, repaired EMU and Electron-VM oxygen generation system, made
scientific experiments and research under the Russian, U.S. and European
programs. The Station was handed over to the crew for Expedition-10. During
the flight he made four spacewalks of the total duration of 15 hours 44
min. The mission duration was 187 days 21 hours 16 min.
In May 2008 Padalka together with Michael Barrat (USA) began training
as the ISS-18 back-up crew commander.
On September 18-19, 2008 he passed preflight tests with an excellent
mark together with Michael Barrat, NASA astronaut at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut
On October 12, 2008 during the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft launch Padalka
was the spacecraft commander backup.
By the data presented by Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center,
reference book The Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts, 1960-2000
and site www.astronaut.ru.