Soyuz TMA TSC Commander,
Test Cosmonaut of S.P. Korolev
Rocket & Space Corporation Energia, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
Born August 31, 1953, in Magadan, Russia.
In 1977 he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute (MAI), department
Flight Vehicles with specialization in SC Production; was qualified as
a mechanical engineer.
In 1980 he graduated from the MAI department by correspondence, faculty:
Automated Design Systems with specialization in systems Analysis,
Large-Scale Computing Systems.
FAMILY STATUS: Married, has three children.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
HERO of the Russian Federation (1998), Pilot Cosmonaut of the Russian
Federation (1998). Decorated with the Gold Star Medal of the HERO of the
Russian Federation (1998) and the Space Flight Medal, NASA (1998).
Sports, aviation and cosmonautics history, astronomy.
From September 1970 he was a turner’s apprentice and from October 1970
to April 1971 he was a second-grade turner at Moscow Machine-Building Plant
From September 1971 to March 1977 he was a student of Moscow Aviation
From 1977 to 1983 he was an engineer and then a senior engineer of
From 1983 to 1992 he was an engineer, a senior engineer, a leading
engineer, the head of group, the head of NPO Energia section.
He was engaged in tests of the crew actions of the Soyuz TM spacecraft
and Buran orbiter, development of the automated cosmonaut training systems.
Participated in the launch preparation of the Soyuz TM spacecraft, Buran
orbiter, reusable rocket-space complex Energia. He was engaged in the development
of the docking assembly for the Buran orbiter. In 1985 he took part in
training of the flight engineer group under the Buran program.
On March 3, 1992 by decision of the State Interdepartmental Committee
he was selected as a cosmonaut candidate and on June 2, 1992 he was assigned
to the RSC Energia cosmonaut detachment as the cosmonaut candidate.
From October 1, 1992 to February 1994 he passed a course of general
space training which was interrupted because of the occurred necessity
of additional medical examination at IBMP.
From May 20, 1994 to February 20, 1995 he passed the flight and parachute
training, trained in neutral buoyancy, performed flights in weightlessness
and undergone survival training; he completed the mentioned course of general
space training, passed all examinations and tests and got qualification
of a test cosmonaut.
On May 15, 1995 he was reassigned as a test cosmonaut to the cosmonaut
detachment of RSC Energia.
On February 14, 1995 he was assigned to the second crew (PC-20) under
the EuroMir-95 program and from February 20 to August 1995 he passed training
as a flight engineer, together with G. Manakov and from April 1– with C.Fuglesang
On September 3, 1995 he was a back-up of the Soyuz TM-22 TSC flight
engineer S. Avdeev.
From October 1995 to July 1996 he trained as a flight engineer of the
first crew for the Soyuz TM-24 spacecraft under the PC-22/NASA-3/Cassiopeia
program, together with G. Manakov, J.Blaha (USA) and C.Andre-Deshays (France).
On August 9, 1996 because of the illness of commander G. Manakov, the
prime crew (except C.Andre-Deshays) was replaced by back-ups (V. Korzun
and A. Kaleri).
From August 1996 to July 1997 he trained as a flight engineer of the
prime crew under PC-24 program, together with Yu. Gidzenko and from October
1996 he trained with A. Soloviev.
On July 28, 1997 by decision of the State Interdepartmental Committee
he was assigned as a flight engineer of the back-up crew for Expedition-3
(ISS-3), together with V. Korzun.
He performed the first space flight from August 5, 1997 to February
19, 1998 as a flight engineer of the Soyuz TM-26 spacecraft and Mir Orbital
Complex under PC-24 program, together with A. Soloviev. He worked aboard
the Station with V. Tsibliev, A. Lazutkin, T. Musabaev, N. Budarin and
L. Eyharts and also with two visiting crews on Shuttles under STS-86 and
STS-89 programs. During the flight he performed five spacewalks of the
total duration of 29 hr 19 min. The mission duration was 197 days 17 hr
34 min 36 s.
On February 24, 1998 he was assigned as a flight engineer of the prime
crew (ISS-5) and approved as a back-up of the ISS-3 flight engineer in
the crew with V. Korzun.
From 1998 to February 1999 he passed training under ISS-3, -5 programs.
On February 3, 1999 by decision of RSA Board he was removed from the
ISS crews and assigned as a flight engineer of the back-up crew (PC-28)
and the prime crew (PC-29) for the Mir Orbital Station, together with S.
From March 1999 to March 2000 he trained as a flight engineer of the
back-up crew (PC-28), together with S. Sharipov.
On April 4, 2000 he was a back-up of the Soyuz TM-30 TSC flight engineer
From June 5, 2000 he passed training under PC-29 program for the Mir
Orbital Complex as the prime crew flight engineer, together with S. Sharipov.
From January 2004 up to now he is training for a space flight as commander
of ISS-13 Expedition.
By the data submitted by Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and reference
book «Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts, 1960-2000».