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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2020 on: 03/11/2012 12:05 am »
Following Soyuz TMA-14M, it’s my speculation.

Planned crews:
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Soyuz TMA-17M (launch - May 2015) // Expedition 44 / 45
CDR – TBD Russia (TBD Russia)
FE1 Samantha Cristoforetti? (TBD JAXA?)
FE2 – TBD USA (TBD USA)

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Bingo!!  ;D

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2021 on: 03/12/2012 03:16 pm »
RELEASE: 12-077

RECORD-SETTING ASTRONAUT LOPEZ-ALEGRIA DEPARTS NASA

HOUSTON -- Michael Lopez-Alegria, NASA's most experienced spacewalker
and the American holding the record for the single longest
spaceflight mission, has left the agency.

Lopez-Alegria flew on four missions and performed 10 spacewalks during
his career. He most recently served in the Flight Crew Operations
Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston as assistant
director for the International Space Station (ISS).

"Mike has faithfully served the Flight Crew Operations Directorate for
many years," said Janet Kavandi, director of Flight Crew Operations
at Johnson. "His unique background and diplomatic skills have made
him an outstanding FCOD assistant director for space station and lead
for the Multilateral Crew Operations Panel. Mike's tireless
dedication to the safety and well-being of space station crews is
well known. We will miss him and wish him well in his future
endeavors."

During his career, Lopez-Alegria logged more than 257 days in space,
including 215 days as commander of the Expedition 14 mission to the
ISS, which stands as the single longest spaceflight by an American.
Lopez-Alegria also logged more than 67 hours during his 10
spacewalks, more than any other American, and second only in the
record books to Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Solovyev.


"Mike has been a huge asset to the astronaut office during the course
of his career," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at
Johnson. "His contributions in spacewalking, shuttle, space station
and Soyuz operations are notable and very distinguished. Personally,
we will miss his humor and insights and wish him all the best."


Lopez-Alegria flew on three space shuttle missions. The first, STS-73
in 1995, focused on science experiments. He then served as NASA's
director of operations at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
in Star City, Russia, where he was in charge of American astronauts
training for flights to the Russian space station Mir and the ISS.
Lopez-Alegria later flew on STS-92 in 2000 and STS-113 in 2002,
delivering critical truss elements to the station.

Expedition 14 Commander Lopez-Alegria and his crew launched to the ISS
on a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on
Sept. 18, 2006. This fourth and final mission earned Lopez-Alegria
the spaceflight record. The crew conducted a seven-month mission to
operate, maintain, build and use the station and its science
facilities. During the expedition, two uncrewed Russian Progress
cargo vehicles arrived and departed the station and a space shuttle
assembly mission reconfigured the station's power supply.
Lopez-Alegria's mission ended with a Soyuz landing on the Kazakh
steppe on April 21, 2007.


For Lopez-Alegria's complete biography, visit:




http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/lopez-al.html

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2022 on: 03/12/2012 04:44 pm »
Astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria Named President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation


Washington, D.C., Monday, March 12, 2012 – The Commercial Spaceflight Federation is pleased to announce that former NASA astronaut, International Space Station (ISS) commander, Naval Aviator, and test pilot Michael E. Lopez-Alegria (Capt., U.S. Navy, Ret.) has been named as President, effective March 19, 2012.

Lopez-Alegria was selected for the position following a vote of the Board of Directors of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation (CSF).

As President, Lopez-Alegria will lead the Federation staff, and work with the 40+ members of the Federation, which include providers of commercial orbital and suborbital spaceflight, spaceports and launch facilities, suppliers, and educational and research institutions. Lopez-Alegria succeeds Rear Admiral Craig Steidle.

Lopez-Alegria has over three decades of experience with the U.S. Navy and NASA in a variety of roles including Naval Aviator, Navy engineering test pilot and program manager, NASA astronaut, ISS commander, and assistant director of flight crew operations. He is a four-time astronaut, flying on Space Shuttle missions STS-73, STS-92, and STS-113, and serving as Commander of ISS Expedition 14 (flying to and from the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-9). He most recently served as the Assistant for ISS to the Director of Flight Crew Operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Lopez-Alegria is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in systems engineering and earned his master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. Lopez-Alegria is also a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.  He speaks Spanish, French, and Russian.

Lopez-Alegria holds three NASA records: longest spaceflight (215 days); most number of Extravehicular Activities (EVA) (10) and cumulative EVA time (67 hours 40 minutes).

Eric Anderson, Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd., stated, “We are incredibly excited to have someone as capable as Michael Lopez-Alegria leading the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Michael is a leader and a true pioneer whose first-hand experience with spaceflight and the International Space Station will be invaluable to our members and to the Federation.”

Lopez-Alegria stated, “I am honored to accept the position of President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. I have been impressed with the all that the commercial spaceflight industry has accomplished and I look forward to joining the team as it continues to take important strides that are fundamental in maintaining our nation’s preeminence in space.”
 
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2023 on: 03/16/2012 03:09 pm »
I was told Maksim Suraev was assigned to ISS-40/41 crew yesterday in Roskosmos.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2024 on: 03/17/2012 05:36 pm »

I can confirm this.

The only thing you can confirm is an ASI spot....NOT the name of the astronaut.....
Jacques :-)

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2025 on: 03/17/2012 06:31 pm »
The only thing you can confirm is an ASI spot....NOT the name of the astronaut.....

True - but by process of elimination, you can speculate that it is highly likely to be Cristoforetti, since Paramitano is already assigned, and both Nespoli and Vittori have recently returned from flights.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2026 on: 03/19/2012 01:30 pm »
The only thing you can confirm is an ASI spot....NOT the name of the astronaut.....

True - but by process of elimination, you can speculate that it is highly likely to be Cristoforetti, since Paramitano is already assigned, and both Nespoli and Vittori have recently returned from flights.

I wouldn't rule Vittori out. Although he flew recently he hasn't flown an ISS expedition, and I think he'd be a good candidate for ISS CDR.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2027 on: 05/17/2012 05:48 pm »
Any recent updates? Some time has passed without any news

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2028 on: 06/12/2012 09:13 am »
If I understood correctly information from Novosti kosmonavtiki forum, Expedition 45/46 crew consists of Sergey Zalyotin, Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts; Expedition 46/47 crew consists of Yuriy Lonchakov, Aleksey Ovchinin and NASA astronaut.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2029 on: 06/12/2012 07:47 pm »
Thanks for the update. The last assignment I heard was Kondratyev, Serova and Wilmore to ISS-41/42. If these new assignments are for ISS 45-47, have the names of the crews for 43 and 44 been named yet?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2030 on: 06/12/2012 07:58 pm »
Thanks for the update. The last assignment I heard was Kondratyev, Serova and Wilmore to ISS-41/42. If these new assignments are for ISS 45-47, have the names of the crews for 43 and 44 been named yet?

Actually, it's my understanding that Zaletin-Cristoforetti-Virts ARE the 43/44 crew, or whatever followed K-S-W.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2031 on: 06/12/2012 08:46 pm »
Actually, it's my understanding that Zaletin-Cristoforetti-Virts ARE the 43/44 crew, or whatever followed K-S-W

No, it is ISS-45/46 crew, because Samantha Cristoforetti should be in this crew, according to ESA plans.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2032 on: 06/12/2012 09:18 pm »
Thanks Michael and Anik.

So is the 43/44 crew still unannounced?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2033 on: 06/12/2012 10:47 pm »
Actually, it's my understanding that Zaletin-Cristoforetti-Virts ARE the 43/44 crew, or whatever followed K-S-W

No, it is ISS-45/46 crew, because Samantha Cristoforetti should be in this crew, according to ESA plans.

That was indeed the _plan._  The 43/44 slot was supposed to be JAXA's.  But I have heard that there was a swap -- my Houston sources says, "It's the Italian factor".

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2034 on: 06/13/2012 08:52 am »
That was indeed the _plan._  The 43/44 slot was supposed to be JAXA's.  But I have heard that there was a swap -- my Houston sources says, "It's the Italian factor"

Thank you for information about changes.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2035 on: 06/13/2012 01:57 pm »
That was indeed the _plan._  The 43/44 slot was supposed to be JAXA's.  But I have heard that there was a swap -- my Houston sources says, "It's the Italian factor"

Thank you for information about changes.

The swap actually affected the NASA assignment, too: Lindgren was the original FE for 43/44.  I would expect to see him in the next crew, with Lonchakov-Ovchinin, if that is the team.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2036 on: 06/13/2012 09:37 pm »
"The next Italian astronaut who will go to the International Space Station will be Luca Parmitano. The launch is expected in 2013..." announced Fulvio Drigani, general director of the Italian space agency. "Samantha Cristoforetti will be next...we will continue to send her on missions in 2015."

http://www.agi.it/english-version/italy/elenco-notizie/201206121610-cro-ren1058-italian_space_agency_announces_names_of_two_new_astronauts
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2037 on: 06/14/2012 08:30 am »
I was told that crews Zalyotin/Cristoforetti and Lonchakov/Ovchinin are offered to MCOP, but they are not approved for now due to talking about possible flight of fifth Soyuz in 2015.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2038 on: 06/16/2012 02:27 pm »
NASA Astronauts Kenneth Ham and Nicholas Patrick Leave Agency

HOUSTON, June 15, 2012 -- NASA astronauts Kenneth Ham and Nicholas Patrick have left the space agency. Their last day was May 31. Ham is a veteran of two spaceflights, where he served as the pilot of STS-124 in 2008 and commander of STS-132 in 2010. Patrick served as a mission specialist on STS-116 in 2006 and STS-130 in 2010.

"It has been a pleasure to work with Ken during his tenure here at JSC," said Peggy Whitson, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. "He is an incredibly accomplished aviator and with a great sense of humor. We wish him the best in this new phase of his career."

Ham, a Navy captain, holds a Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He joined NASA in 1998. Before flying in space, he served in multiple technical roles including work as a space shuttle capsule communicator (CAPCOM). Ham's most recent NASA assignment included duties as an instructor pilot in the T-38N and WB-57F research pilot.

Ham is a pilot with more than 6,000 flight hours and experience in more than 40 different aircraft. A 1987 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Ham will return to the institution as an instructor.

Patrick is a veteran of three spacewalks. He played a vital role in installation of the Tranquility module and Cupola of the International Space Station. He ends his NASA career with more than 26 days of spaceflight experience.

"Nick is an extremely talented individual," said Whitson, "his engineering skills and expertise were a valuable contribution to our team, not only during his flights but in his work with future exploration programs as well. I am sure that his future contributions will be just as valuable."

Patrick holds a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in Engineering from Cambridge University. Prior to his spaceflights, he led the team that designed the Orion spacecraft cockpit.

For Ham's complete biography, visit:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ham.html

For Patrick's complete biography, visit:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/patrick.html


http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nasa-astronauts-kenneth-ham-and-nicholas-patrick-leave-agency-159246475.html
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2039 on: 06/17/2012 11:09 pm »
With Zalyotin's crew now scheduled to fly no earlier than 2015, that will leave a 13 year gap since his last flight, a "taxi" mission to the ISS in 2002.
Was he off flight status during that period?
Thank you.

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