Commander of Soyuz ÒÌÀ
transport space vehicle,
RF Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel,
Test Cosmonaut of RGNII CTC
after Yu.A. Gagarin, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: April 1, 1973, town of Chuguev, Kharkov Region,
Farther: Alexandr Alexandrovich Volkov, born in 1948, Hero of the Soviet
Union, USSR Pilot-Cosmonaut, retired colonel.
Mother: Anna Nikolayevna Volkova (Volik), born in 1950, librarian.
EDUCATION: In 1995 he graduated from Tambov Higher Military Aviation
School after M.M. Raskova for Pilots specializing in "Command Tactical
FAMILY STATUS: married.
Wife - Natalya Viktorovna Volkova (Shinkarenko), book-keeper.
WORK EXPERIENCE: From March 5, 1996 he was a pilot and from April 30,
1996 till his being enlisted in Cosmonauts Corps he had served as commander
assistant of air squadron ship for control and relaying. The has flown
the following airplanes: L-29, L-39, TU-134, IL-22. Total flying time is
about 350 hours. He was qualified as Class 3 Military Pilot.
On December 26, 1997 he was enlisted as a test cosmonaut candidate
to RGNII CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin.
From January 1998 to November 1999 he passed general space training
course and on December 1, 1999 he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.
In January 2000 he took part in space flight training as member of
the team under the ISS Program.
From September 2001 to February 2003 he undertook training as the Commander
of Soyuz-ÒÌÀ transport space vehicle (call sign -
"Eridan") and ISS pilot included in the ISS-7 backup crew together with
Sergei Krikalev and Paul Richardson (in March 2002 John Phillips replaced
him). Following the Columbia Shuttle catastrophe, from February to October
2003 he trained together with Sergei Krikalev and John Phillips included
in the ISS Prime Crew, which was to be launched onboard STS-114 Orbiter.
In September 2003 the crew had ceased training due to a changed STS-114
In February 2004 he was included in ISS-11 Prime Crew and resumed training.
He was expected to be delivered to the ISS by STS-121. However, in January
2005 it was decided to include ESA cosmonaut Thomas Reiter in ISS-11 crew.
Due to this fact, he was taken out of ISS-11 crew and ceased training.
In late July 2005 he was enlisted in the combined cosmonauts team designated
as ISS-15/16/17, upon which ISS-15, ISS-16 and ISS-17 crews had been formed.
On August 15, 2005 he got down to training within this team at RGNII CTC.
From February 13, 2006 he got training at RGNII CTC under the program
of ISS-10 Visiting Expedition backup crew. On March 30, 2006 during Soyuz-ÒÌÀ-8
transport space vehicle he was backup participant of space flight. In May
2006, by the decision of Roscosmos, RGNII CTC and RSC Energia he was appointed
preliminarily commander of transport space vehicle of ISS-17 Prime Grew,
together with Oleg Kononenko.
From June 2 through June 10, 2006 he took part in training in Sevastopol
(Ukraine) focused on cases of failed water landing of descent vehicle with
conventional crew consisting of Oleg Kononenko and Daniel Tani. In August,
by the Roscosmos/NASA joint decision he was preliminarily appointed ISS-17
Commander of Soyuz-ÒÌÀ-12, the launch of which was
scheduled for April 2008.
On November 6, 2007 at the meeting of Roscosmos Interdepartmental Commission
for Selecting Cosmonauts and their Enlistment in Crews of Manned Space
Vehicles and Stations he was approved as the Commander of ISS-17 and Soyuz-ÒÌÀ-12
transport manned space vechicle.
Materials provided by RGNII CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin
and Handbook "Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts. 1960-2000".