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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2620 on: 04/24/2017 06:34 PM »
From http://vk dot com/olegmks (need account to read it):

"21.04.2017: Today I spent a lot of time in the sky - I flew to workout in the USA. I will "catch up" with my colleague and comrade, cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev. He arrived in Houston a week earlier.

When preparing for a space flight, we are sure to undergo a training course at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to study the American segment of the International Space Station. American colleagues also necessarily train with us at the Cosmonaut Training Center."
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2621 on: 04/25/2017 04:56 AM »
New info about Samokutyayev, Revin and Volkov (!) resignations.

http://tass.com/science/943001

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2622 on: 04/27/2017 04:01 PM »
New info about Samokutyayev, Revin and Volkov (!) resignations.

http://tass.com/science/943001
If this is the correct Sergei Volkoff, I remember him being on-orbit when Expedition 28 started on May 23, 2011 when the Expedition 27 Soyuz undocked from ISS. At the same time  STS-134 Endeavour on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer delivery/installation mission was docked to ISS.  Later that year STS-135 Atlantis was at the ISS during Expedition 28 docking on July 10, 2011m while Volkov was still there.  He left ISS as Expedition ended on November 21, 2011.  Volkoff came back to Earth with Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2623 on: 04/28/2017 03:50 PM »
April 28, 2017
RELEASE J17-005
Legendary Astronaut Retires from NASA

Anna Fisher, a member of NASA's first astronaut class to include women and the first mother in space, has retired after more than three decades of service to the agency.

Fisher was a mission specialist on Space Shuttle mission STS-51A, the second flight of the orbiter Discovery, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, on November 8, 1984. Fisher was assigned to her flight two weeks before delivering her daughter and flew in space when her daughter was just fourteen months old, making her the first mother in space. Fisher logged a total of 192 hours in space.


"We appreciate all of the years that Anna has dedicated to our space program," said Chris Cassidy, chief of NASA's Astronaut Office at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. "She has provided insight to many incoming astronauts as well as new programs. Anna, and that first class of astronauts to include women, set the stage for decades of female astronauts after them and provide a tremendous inspiration to young girls."

Fisher was born in New York City, but considers San Pedro, California, to be her hometown. She holds a doctorate in medicine from the University of California, Los Angeles, and was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 1978. She joined five other women as the agency's first female astronauts.

During her shuttle mission, Fisher and her crew deployed two satellites: Canada’s Anik D-2 (Telesat H) and Hughes’ LEASAT-1 (Syncom IV-1) and operated the Radiation Monitoring Equipment (RME) device and the 3M Company’s Diffusive Mixing of Organic Solutions (DMOS) experiment. As the first space salvage mission, the crew also retrieved the Palapa B-2 and Westar VI satellites for return to Earth.

Fisher was assigned as a mission specialist on STS-61H that was planned in 1986. The mission was cancelled following the Challenger accident, so Fisher resumed technical assignments in the Astronaut Office. She served on the Astronaut Selection Board for the 1987 class of astronauts and in the Space Station Support office, where she worked part time in the Space Station Operations branch. Fisher also was the crew representative supporting space station development in the areas of training, operations concepts and the health maintenance facility.

From 1989 through 1995, Fisher was on a leave of absence from the Astronaut Office to raise her family, returning in January 1996. From 1996 through 2002, during the early phase of building the International Space Station, Fisher was the chief of the Space Station branch. In that capacity, she coordinated inputs to the operations of the space station for the Astronaut Office, working closely with the international partners and supervising assigned astronauts and engineers. Fisher played an important role in building the foundations for the International Space Station Program, which is advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. 

From January 2011 through August 2013, Fisher served as an ISS Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) working in the Mission Control Center and was the lead CAPCOM for Expedition 33. Most recently, Fisher was a management astronaut, working on display development for Orion, NASA’s new spacecraft which will take astronauts farther into the solar system than ever before.

Fisher is retiring to spend more time with her family, including her daughters, Kristin and Kara Fisher.

See more of Fisher’s historic career at:



Fisher’s complete biography is available at:

https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fisher-a.html
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2624 on: 05/15/2017 08:30 PM »
Sad to see that Padalka and Volkov have left the Cosmonaut group. I thought they'd both receive another assignment. Had been wondering for a while why Revin never got another assignment after his first flight, nor Samokutyayev after his second. Maybe this means that cosmonauts like Evgeny Tarelkin and Andrei Borisenko will get assignments as Soyuz commanders ? It would also appear that Aleksei Ovchinin has received another assignment as CDR of Soyuz MS-10, not long after his first flight on TMA-20M.

With regard to NASA, does anyone think astronauts like Don Pettit, Doug Wheelock and Mike Fincke will get assignments ? I'd like to see Pettit on orbit again as he seems like a great guy and an excellent face for NASAs crews.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2625 on: 05/16/2017 01:40 AM »
Yevgeni Tarelkin retired from the cosmonaut corps in June 2015.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2626 on: 05/16/2017 07:19 AM »
According to http://www.gctc.ru/main.php?id=3802 Luca Parmitano started his training in Star City.
Are there any information to which flight he could be assigned?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2627 on: 05/16/2017 08:50 AM »
According to http://www.gctc.ru/main.php?id=3802 Luca Parmitano started his training in Star City.
Are there any information to which flight he could be assigned?
To answer my own question, I have found this.
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During the annual press briefing on 18 January 2017, ESA Director General Jan Woerner confirmed that Luca has been assigned a second mission to the ISS in 2019.   
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Astronauts/Luca_Parmitano

There is also a report on the NK forum, that Luca Parmitano will be the back-up for David Saint-Jaques on EC 58/59.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2628 on: 05/29/2017 03:12 PM »
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Astronauts/New_Horizons_for_Alexander_Gerst

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29 May 2017

ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is returning to the International Space Station next year and today he revealed his mission name and logo: Horizons.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2629 on: 05/30/2017 04:54 PM »
Standby for another year of "could be first astros on Mars" ;)

May 30, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-064
NASA to Announce New Astronaut Class on June 7

After evaluating a record number of applications, NASA will introduce its new astronaut candidates at 2 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 7, from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The astronaut candidates will join acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, Johnson Center Director Ellen Ochoa, and Flight Operations Director Brian Kelly on stage at the event, which will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Following the announcement, media in attendance will have the opportunity to speak with experts about the astronaut selection and training processes, and spacecraft in which the new astronauts could fly. In addition, tours of Johnson’s astronaut training facility will be offered. Media must request credentials to attend no later than 6 p.m. Friday, June 2, by calling Johnson’s newsroom at 281-483-5111.

The astronaut candidates also will be available to talk to media in person at Johnson and by remote satellite link June 8. Media interested in this limited opportunity should contract Brandi Dean at brandi.k.dean@nasa.gov to request an interview.

After completing two years of training, the new astronaut candidates could be assigned to missions performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft built by commercial companies, and launching on deep space missions on NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

With more human spacecraft in development in the United States today than at any other time in history, future astronauts will launch once again from the Space Coast of Florida on American-made commercial spacecraft and carry out exploration missions that will take humans farther into space than ever before.

The astronaut candidates will report to Johnson in August to begin their training in spacecraft systems, spacewalking skills, teamwork, Russian language and other necessary skills.

The new astronaut candidates were chosen from more than 18,300 people who submitted applications from December 2015 to February 2016, more than double the previous record of 8,000 set in 1978. U.S. citizens in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa applied for a chance to join NASA’s astronaut corps and take part in the nation’s human spaceflight program. Requirements to apply were U.S. citizenship, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) field and at least three years of related experience, or at least 1,000 hours of pilot-in-command time in jet aircraft.

Get more information about astronaut selection, and for information about the candidates after their introduction, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/2017astronauts

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2630 on: 06/02/2017 02:34 PM »
June 02, 2017
RELEASE J17-006
NASA Names Astronaut Patrick Forrester New Chief of Astronaut Office
NASA’s Director of Flight Operations Brian Kelly has selected Texas native Patrick Forrester as the chief of the Astronaut Office. Forrester replaces U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Cassidy, who has held the position since July 2015. Cassidy will return to the astronaut corps and resume his candidacy for flight assignment.
"Chris is an American hero,” Kelly said. “He has been an exemplary leader of NASA’s astronaut corps and has been instrumental in the integration of our entire flight operations as well as the selection of our newest astronaut class. His practical approach in tackling the many challenges that our astronauts encounter while living and working in space has been crucial to the continued success of our human spaceflight missions.”
In his new role, Forrester will be responsible for managing Astronaut Office resources and operations. He also will help develop astronaut flight crew operation concepts and crew assignments for future spaceflight missions.
“I have known Pat for more than 20 years,” Kelly said. “He will no doubt be an outstanding chief of the Astronaut Office. Pat is a well-respected and proven leader who will capably guide our astronauts as they reach beyond low-Earth orbit.”   
       
Forrester was born in El Paso, Texas. He earned a bachelor of science degree in applied sciences and engineering from the U. S. Military Academy, West Point, in 1979, and a master of science degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in 1989. A former Army aviator, he has logged more than 5,300 hours in more than 50 different aircraft. Forrester retired from the Army in 2005.”
After Forrester’s selection as an astronaut in 1996, he flew on space shuttle missions STS-105 in 2001, STS-117 in 2007, and STS-128 in 2009. During his NASA career, Forrester has logged more than 950 hours in space and conducted four spacewalks.
For Forrester's complete biography, visit:
https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/forreste.pdf
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2631 on: 06/02/2017 09:34 PM »
June 02, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-068
Vice President Pence to Visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center for Astronaut Class Announcement

Vice President Mike Pence will visit NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston on Wednesday, June 7, to welcome America’s newest astronaut candidates, chosen from more than 18,000 applicants to carry the torch for future human space exploration. The event will air live at 2 p.m. EDT on NASA Television and the agency’s website. Additionally, the Vice President will tour the Christopher C. Kraft Jr. Mission Control Center and hear briefings on current human spaceflight operations.

Media who wish to cover the Vice President’s visit must contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 1 p.m. CDT Tuesday, June 6. Badges will be available Wednesday morning at the Johnson Security Office, Bldg. 110, adjacent to the center's main gate off NASA Road One. Television media should plan to arrive at Johnson no later than 9 a.m. to allow time for badging. Other media should arrive at the badging office no later than 10 a.m. Transportation to events will be provided from the Bldg. 2 news center.

Media who already have requested credentials to cover the astronaut announcement event are not required to submit an additional request for the Vice President’s visit.

The new astronaut candidates could one day be performing research on the International Space Station, launching from American soil aboard spacecraft built by American companies, and traveling to the moon or even Mars with the help of NASA’s new Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

Get more information on astronaut selection and information on the candidates after their introduction at:

https://www.nasa.gov/2017astronauts

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2632 on: 06/06/2017 08:22 AM »
Second Tim Peake space flight under threat over cost dispute
https://www.ft.com/content/cfbea554-4904-11e7-a3f4-c742b9791d43

My opinion: If the UK wants its fair share of flight assignments, we should pay our fair share of the costs. Let's hope we don't (once again) throw away our HSF program because of short-sighted haggling over comparitively small amounts of money. :(
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2633 on: 06/06/2017 12:36 PM »
http://www.gctc.ru/main.php?id=3815
Anne McClain has started her training in StarCity.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2634 on: 06/06/2017 05:23 PM »
http://www.gctc.ru/main.php?id=3815
Anne McClain has started her training in StarCity.

Even though USOS astronauts will eventually switch from Soyuz to Commercial Crew vehicles, do newly-recruited astronauts like Anne McClain train in Star City just in case they have to revert to Soyuz?
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2635 on: 06/06/2017 08:42 PM »
http://www.gctc.ru/main.php?id=3815
Anne McClain has started her training in StarCity.

Even though USOS astronauts will eventually switch from Soyuz to Commercial Crew vehicles, do newly-recruited astronauts like Anne McClain train in Star City just in case they have to revert to Soyuz?

I think you'll find that in the next few weeks, she'll be assigned to a Soyuz crew for a flight in the 2018/19 timeframe. That is the usual pattern when Roskosmos make this type of announcement.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2636 on: 06/07/2017 01:13 PM »
http://www.gctc.ru/main.php?id=3815
Anne McClain has started her training in StarCity.

Even though USOS astronauts will eventually switch from Soyuz to Commercial Crew vehicles, do newly-recruited astronauts like Anne McClain train in Star City just in case they have to revert to Soyuz?

Unless it's changed recently, it's my understanding that crew rotation schedule requirements will still see Americans on Soyuz flights and also Russians on commercial seats, on a barter one-for-one arrangement.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2637 on: 06/07/2017 02:17 PM »
Unless it's changed recently, it's my understanding that crew rotation schedule requirements will still see Americans on Soyuz flights and also Russians on commercial seats, on a barter one-for-one arrangement.

Correct - even though the USCVs will now use the direct handover model, Soyuzes will continue with the indirect handover model - meaning one Russian will need to fly on the USCVs (and thus one US crewmember on Soyuz) in order to maintain a Russian presence on ISS during Soyuz indirect handover periods.

If however Soyuz switches to the direct handover model - which will be possible due to the freed-up RS docking port associated with the reduction in Progress flights - then this would not be necessary.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2639 on: 06/07/2017 06:13 PM »
It's started...an enthusiastic audience!

Ellen Ochoa, former astronaut and current JSC Director introduces a passel of politicians:

Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States of America
Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas
Ted Cruz, US Senator from Texas
US Congressmen from Texas:
Lamar Smith
Brian Babin
Robert Lightfoot, Acting NASA Administrator
Larry Taylor, Texas State Senator
Dennis Paul, Texas State Representative
Dave Martin, Houston City Council member
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