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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2900 on: 03/19/2019 10:36 pm »
With Russians flying on the US Commercial Crew vehicles, will Russia/Roscosmos stop charging NASA for Soyuz flights, assuming that NASA won't be charging the Russians?...
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2902 on: 03/20/2019 08:23 pm »
With Russians flying on the US Commercial Crew vehicles, will Russia/Roscosmos stop charging NASA for Soyuz flights, assuming that NASA won't be charging the Russians?...

That's the general understanding of how it'll work, yes.  1 Russian on Dragon/Starliner = 1 American on Soyuz.  There is likely more to it than that to make the cost difference fair.  I could see, for example, a scenario that includes a specific amount of Russian cargo on Dragon, Cygnus, and/or DreamChaser to make up the difference for Russia (because Dragon/Starliner are generally cheaper than Soyuz).
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2903 on: 03/20/2019 08:49 pm »
I could see, for example, a scenario that includes a specific amount of Russian cargo on Dragon, Cygnus, and/or DreamChaser to make up the difference for Russia (because Dragon/Starliner are generally cheaper than Soyuz).

Starliner is more expensive than Soyuz. (further discussion on this point would probably be better in the Commercial Crew threads.)
« Last Edit: 03/20/2019 08:50 pm by gongora »

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2904 on: 03/21/2019 06:55 pm »
https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/astronaut-kathryn-kay-hire-retires-from-nasa


March 21, 2019

RELEASE J19-004

Astronaut Kathryn (Kay) Hire Retires from NASA

After a 30-year career with NASA, Astronaut Kay Hire retired from the agency on Feb. 28.

Hire joined the NASA team in 1989 where she worked as a space shuttle orbiter mechanical systems engineer, test project engineer, and supervisor of space shuttle orbiter mechanical systems and launch pad access swing arms at Kennedy Space Center. Hire processed space shuttles from landing through ground preparations and launch countdowns for more than 40 missions.

“Kay has had an extensive career both at NASA and in the military. We are thankful for her 30-year career with NASA and the contributions that she has made to the space program,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester.

Hire reported to the Johnson Space Center in 1995 as a member of Astronaut Group 15, becoming the first astronaut selected from the Kennedy Space Center workforce. She flew to space for the first time as a mission specialist aboard Space Shuttle Columbia for the 16-day Spacelab Neurolab mission, STS-90, in 1998. The seven-member crew played both the role of experiment subjects and operators for 26 life science experiments focused on the effects of microgravity on the brain and central nervous system.

Hire flew to space on a second mission aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour for STS-130 in 2010 to help assemble the International Space Station. Hire and her crewmates delivered and outfitted Node 3, also known as the Tranquility module, and the Cupola, a seven-windowed portal for the space station which has been a focal point of the station since installation. As a mission specialist, Hire operated the robotic arms, led the transfer of 4,500 pounds of cargo, and helped install water recycling, air cleaning and cooling, and crew exercise equipment in Node 3 and cupola.

Between her space flights, Hire supported missions in various roles including Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) in mission control, Astronaut Support Personnel where she strapped crew members into the space shuttle orbiter for launch, and management astronaut in which she helped develop procedures for commercial spacecraft carrying cargo to the International Space Station.

Hire also spent time at NASA Wallops Flight Facility and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she was chief liaison to the Department of Defense.

Originally from Mobile, Alabama, Hire graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy, and was designated a Naval Flight Officer. She conducted worldwide airborne oceanographic research missions, flying to 25 countries.

In 1993, Hire became the first woman in the U. S. military to be assigned to a combat air crew, when she reported to Patrol Squadron Sixty-Two (VP-62) to fly the P-3 maritime patrol aircraft.  Hire served in multiple leadership roles throughout her Navy career, spanning operational missions as well as research and development of new technologies.  She served in the Navy a total of 35 years and achieved the rank of Navy Captain.

Hire logged more than 3,400 flight hours in various aircraft, and more than 711 hours in space.

Find Hire’s complete biography at:

https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hire.html
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2905 on: 03/21/2019 07:12 pm »
In 2012 I met Kay Hire at KSC
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2907 on: 04/01/2019 05:31 pm »
http://gctc.ru/main.php?id=4578
Nicole Mann, Michael Fincke and Barry Willmore arrived in the TsPK for training

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2909 on: 04/12/2019 08:35 am »
https://www.interfax.ru/world/657933
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A citizen of the United Arab Emirates Hazzaa Al-Mansuri will be the first person in space in the history of this country, an informed source told Interfax.
"Hazzaa Al-Mansuri should go to the International Space Station on September 25 this year, along with Russian Oleg Skripochka and American Jessica Mier," the agency’s source said.
Currently, Al-Mansuri, along with his compatriot Sultan Al-Neyadi, are conducting training at the Cosmonaut Training Center (CPC).
"The first UAE astronaut will return to Earth on October 3 on the Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft together with NASA astronaut Nick Haig and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin," the agency’s source said.
The astronaut from the USA, Christine Cook, who flew to the ISS on March 14 with a Russian and an American, will have to stay in orbit, since there are only three places in the ship. She will return to Earth on another ship.
The flight of an UAE astronaut will lead to an extension of the time spent at the station and a member of another expedition. Andrew Morgan will stay longer than planned in orbit, who will go into space on July 20 with Russian Alexander Skvortsov and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Luca Parmitano from Italy.
Skripochka and Meir will work on the ISS until February 6.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2911 on: 04/13/2019 06:17 am »
So Skripochka and Meir will fly Soyuz MS-15 in Sept, with al-Mansouri? I didn't know that.

What's happened to Cassidy?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2912 on: 04/13/2019 08:36 am »
So Skripochka and Meir will fly Soyuz MS-15 in Sept, with al-Mansouri? I didn't know that.

What's happened to Cassidy?
I suppose that he maybe flying together with Hoshide in spring 2020, because they took part together in the winter survival training two month ago.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2913 on: 04/15/2019 11:47 am »
http://gctc.ru/main.php?id=4578
Nicole Mann, Michael Fincke and Barry Willmore arrived in the TsPK for training
http://www.gctc.ru/main.php?id=4595
Today Chris Ferguson has started his training in Star City too.

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