Lieutenant-Colonel of the Russian Federation Air Force,
Military Pilot Third Class,
Test Cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Detachment,
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: March 13, 1970, Penza, RSFSR.
In 1992 be graduated from Chernigov Higher
Military Pilot School after Lenin's Komsomol (HMPS).
In 1998-2000 he studied at the Military Air
Academy after Yu.A. Gagarin.
FAMILY STATUS: Married.
Wife: Oksana Nikolaevna Samokutiaeva, born in 1972.
Daughter: Anastasia Alexandrovna Samokutiaeva.
In 1992-1998 he served at Chernigov HMPS,
helicopter school in the Ukraine, the Far East military district where
be was assigned to a post of the squadron leader.
Military Pilot Third Class.
By the enlistment in the detachment his total
flight time was 560 hours. Made 25 jumps with a parachute. Mastered aircraft
Vilga-35A, L-13, Blanik, L-39, Su-24M.
Upon graduation from the Academy since 2000
he served at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center as the planning division
On January 20, 2003 he got a positive medical comment (permission to
special training) at the meeting of Chief Medical Board (CMB).
On May 29, 2003 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission
for the cosmonaut selection he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment
to pass a course of general space training.
From June 16, 2003 he began general space
training he finished on June 27, 2005 having passed graduation examinations
with an excellent mark.
On July 5, 2005 by decision of Interdepartmental Qualification Committee
(IDQC) he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.
In July 2008 it was reported that he was assigned
to the backup crew for Expedition 25 to the ISS (ISS-25). At the meeting
of the Chief Medical Board on February 10, 2009 he got permission to train
within the Soyuz-TMA vehicle backup crew.
In October 2008 it was reported that he was
assigned to the prime crew forf Expedition 27 to the ISS (ISS-27). On October
7, 2009 his assignment was confirmed by NASA
(press release ¹ 09-233).
Based on data of site www.astronaut.ru