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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2780 on: 02/22/2018 09:20 PM »
If I understand correctly, Pavel Vlassov announced that NASA and Roscosmos took the decision to reduce backup crews to only two people.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2781 on: 03/02/2018 07:19 AM »
http://global.jaxa.jp/press/2018/03/20180302_hoshide.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), a national research and development agency, is delighted to announce today that JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide was selected as a crew member of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 64/65. He will be the second Japanese to assume the post of commander on the ISS in leading the 65th Expedition.
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Period of stay in space: Approximately six months starting around May of 2020
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Expedition 64 (approx. four months): Activities as the ISS Flight Engineer, mainly consisting of maintenance of the ISS facilities (including “Kibo”), scientific experiments, and manipulation of the Mobile Servicing System (MSS)
Expedition 65 (approx. two months): In addition to the above activities, taking the lead as ISS Commander for a successful mission and ensured safety of the crew
Project schedule: Training necessary for the long-duration stay on the ISS scheduled to begin around autumn 2019

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2782 on: 03/03/2018 03:21 AM »
Will he get there by Soyuz-MS or USCV?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2783 on: 03/03/2018 10:30 AM »
Am I correct in thinking Noguchi launches in Nov 2019 (presumably via USCV) and Hoshide launches in May 2020 (also presumably via USCV)? So this will produce an almost continuous presence of a Japanese astronaut on ISS for a full year?

Soyuz schedule calls for launches in Sept and March from Sept 2019 onwards.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2784 on: 05/24/2018 03:36 PM »
May 24, 2018
RELEASE 18-040

NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Mission Crew Members

NASA astronauts Christina Hammock Koch and Andrew Morgan have been assigned to spaceflights scheduled to launch in 2019. Both Koch and Morgan were selected as NASA astronauts in 2013.
 
Koch has been assigned to Expedition 59/60, which is set to launch to the International Space Station in April 2019. Morgan will follow as a member of the Expedition 60/61 crew in July 2019.
Koch, who grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina, earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and physics, and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Koch started her career as an electrical engineer focusing on space science instrument design at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She went on to work as a research associate with the United States Antarctic Program, completing several deployments including spending the winter at the South Pole. She returned to space science instrument design at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, contributing to such missions as the Juno probe to Jupiter. She then returned to her work at remote scientific research stations, including sessions as a field engineer in the Arctic and as station chief with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in American Samoa. Her extracurricular pursuits include running and other outdoor sports.

Morgan, who considers New Castle, Pennsylvania, his hometown, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, as well as a doctorate of medicine from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, before completing his residency in emergency medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center-University of Washington.

Morgan began his career in military medicine by volunteering for U.S. Army special operations forces. He served as a medical team member in the Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and went on to become the battalion surgeon for the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, where he served for three years.  Following this, Morgan served on a strategic special operations assignment in Washington, D.C., before completing a fellowship in primary care sports medicine. Over the course of his special operations assignments, Morgan deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa in support of combat operations.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2785 on: 05/24/2018 03:48 PM »
Anyone know why Shannon Walker is no longer assigned to Exp. 59/60?

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2786 on: 05/26/2018 06:36 AM »
Jack Fischer has retired from NASA, to return to the Air Force:

https://twitter.com/Astro2fish/status/999742305966829569

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2787 on: 05/30/2018 07:30 AM »
http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum38/HTML/001687.html
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Space Nation will send the first Space Nation Astronaut to lower orbit next year and then further out every year after that.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2788 on: 05/30/2018 05:21 PM »
Walker returns to the Astronaut Office as Chief of the Assigned Crew Branch.

She replaces Marshburn in this post.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2789 on: 05/30/2018 08:16 PM »
http://www.americaspace.com/2018/05/30/no-u-s-crew-will-command-the-international-space-station-in-2019/

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When Expedition 56 astronaut Drew Feustel relinquishes the helm of the International Space Station (ISS) to Germany’s Alexander Gerst, early in October, more than a year will elapse with no U.S. citizen in command of the multi-national orbiting outpost. From that date, and throughout the entirety of 2019—for the first time in the station’s two-decade history—we will see a 12-month calendar year without a U.S. ISS Commander. NASA has revealed that no fewer than two European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts will command the ISS during this period, together with three Russian cosmonauts.

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When Kononenko, Saint-Jacques and McClain land in early July, Skripochka will take command of Expedition 60 and lead ISS operations until he and Hammock-Koch return to Earth on 22 October, concluding a 200-day increment. After a few days as a two-member crew, Soyuz MS-13 will launch on 15 July, carrying Russian cosmonaut Aleksandr Skvortsov, Italian ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA’s Drew Morgan. When Skripochka and Hammock-Koch depart on 22 October, Parmitano will command Expedition 61 until his own crew returns to Earth in late January 2020. Shorly thereafter, Soyuz MS-13 will launch with two Russians and an as-yet-unnamed U.S. astronaut. In doing so, Parmitano will be the third European—after Belgium’s Frank de Winne and Germany’s Alexander Gerst—to command the station and the first Italian to do so.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2790 on: 05/30/2018 08:42 PM »
Bravo Europe, and European astronauts.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2791 on: 05/31/2018 06:00 PM »
ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano to be Space Station commander on his next flight

31 May 2018

Next year ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano is returning to the International Space Station for his second mission and he will be acting as commander of the weightless research outpost during the second part of his flight.

Luca was the first of ESA’s astronauts selected in 2009 to fly to the Space Station in 2013 and stayed for 166 days. On his Volare mission Luca conducted two spacewalks and collected data for many experiments that are still running today.

Luca commented on the news: “I am honoured that the Space Station programme chose me for this role, and at the same time I am humbled by the task.”

 “Being the commander of the most trained and proficient people on and off Earth can be daunting,” continues Luca, “I see myself as a facilitator, my goal will be to put everybody in the condition to perform to the best of their capability. Ultimately, though, I am responsible for the safety of the crew and the Station, and for overall mission success.”

“I have been lucky enough, in my experience, to work with leaders whom I could look up to: I will do my best to follow their example and mentorship to achieve those goals” concludes Luca.

The Italian astronaut is preparing for his second trip into space by running through simulations and training with the new experiments that he will take part in. He is now training in Russia on the Soyuz spacecraft that will launch him into space alongside NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and Roscosmos astronaut Alexander Skvortsov.

The trio will be part of Expeditions 60/61 on the Space Station. It is the first time that an Italian astronaut will be commander of the Space Station and only the third time for an ESA astronaut in its 18 years of operation. ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst is set to take up duties as Space Station commander during the second half of his Horizons mission this year.

 “With two ESA astronauts set to run the Space Station as commander in one year, it is a great time for European spaceflight and an example of the international character of our collaboration in space”, says ESA’s director of human and robotic exploration David Parker.

“I am proud of the excellent work done by the astronauts and their trainers to be given the responsibility of humanity’s outpost in space.”

Circling our planet at 28 800 km/h the International Space Station offers space for six astronauts to conduct experiments for researchers all over the world in weightlessness as well as test and demonstrate techniques needed to further explore our Solar System.

Europe’s laboratory Columbus was launched 10 years ago this year and over 200 experiments have been done inside. Columbus houses as many disciplines as possible in a small volume, from astrobiology to solar science through metallurgy and psychology. Countless papers have been published drawing conclusions from experiments performed in Columbus, and Luca will continue the research during his mission.

Follow Luca as he prepares for the mission via lucaparmitano.esa.int.
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2792 on: 05/31/2018 07:08 PM »
Also from http://www.americaspace.com/2018/05/30/no-u-s-crew-will-command-the-international-space-station-in-2019/
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Those Commercial Crew missions presently remain in flux, with the unpiloted test-flights of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner targeted for launch in August 2018, followed by piloted test-flights at year’s end or, more likely, in the first quarter of 2019. Although veteran NASA shuttle and ISS flyers Eric Boe, Doug Hurley, Sunita Williams and former Chief Astronaut Bob Behnken were assigned to the test-flight program in July 2015, it remains to be seen which missions they will actually fly.
“The specific flight assignments for the first Commercial Crew flights haven’t been made yet,” Ms. Dean told AmericaSpace, “but it is not a given that the four “commercial crew cadre” members will be on the first two flights—they may be spread among the first several flights. At this point, everyone has been participating in work on both vehicles and they’ll start focusing on one or the other once they’ve been assigned to a specific flight. And there is a certain amount of space station training that everyone will need, as well.”

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2793 on: 06/01/2018 07:09 AM »
The Twitter account of Doug Wheelock says again
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2794 on: 06/01/2018 05:15 PM »
May 31, 2018
RELEASE J18-005
Astronaut Jack Fischer Leaves NASA to Return to U.S. Air Force

After nine years with NASA and 136 days in space, Astronaut Jack Fischer is returning to the U.S. Air Force. His last day with NASA will be Thursday, May 31.

“Jack brought one of the brightest minds and a great deal of enthusiasm to the Astronaut Corps,” said Pat Forrester, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. “We wish him the best as he continues to serve our country in the Air Force.”

Fischer, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, was born in Louisville, Colorado. He earned a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fischer is an Air Force Command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in more than 45 types of aircraft.

Fischer was selected in July 2009 as a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class, and completed astronaut candidate training in July 2011. He has worked in the CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator), Soyuz, International Space Station operations, space station integration, and exploration branches of the Astronaut Office.

On April 20, 2017, Fischer launched aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket for a five-month mission to the International Space Station. He served as a flight engineer on Expeditions 51 and 52. During his time on orbit, he worked on hundreds of scientific experiments and conducted two spacewalks totaling 6 hours, 59 minutes. One spacewalk was to replace an avionics box and install a connector for the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and the other was to replace a failed critical computer relay box.

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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2795 on: 06/07/2018 05:11 AM »

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« Reply #2796 on: 06/13/2018 03:36 PM »
https://twitter.com/SpaceNews_Inc/status/1006743972725886977
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Re: Flight crew assignments
« Reply #2797 on: 06/15/2018 03:19 PM »
     June 15, 2018
RELEASE 18-054
Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Retires
Peggy Whitson

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, who holds the U.S. record for most cumulative time in space, is retiring from the agency, effective Friday.

“Peggy Whitson is a testament to the American spirit,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “Her determination, strength of mind, character, and dedication to science, exploration, and discovery are an inspiration to NASA and America. We owe her a great debt for her service and she will be missed. We thank her for her service to our agency and country.”

Whitson, a native of Beaconsfield, Iowa, first came to NASA in 1986 as a National Research Council Resident Research Associate at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. She served in a number of scientific roles, including project scientist for the Shuttle-Mir Program and co-chair of the U.S.-Russian Mission Science Working Group, before her selection to the astronaut corps in 1996.

“It has been the utmost honor to have Peggy Whitson represent our entire NASA Flight Operations team,” said Brian Kelly, director of Flight Operations at Johnson. “She set the highest standards for human spaceflight operations, as well as being an outstanding role model for women and men in America and across the globe. Godspeed, Peg.”

As an astronaut, Whitson completed three long-duration missions to the International Space Station, setting records on each. She made her first trip in 2002 as part of Expedition 5, during which she took part in 21 science investigations and became NASA’s first space station science officer. In 2008, Whitson returned on Expedition 16 and became the first female commanderof the space station.

During her most recent mission,spanning Expeditions 50, 51 and 52 from November 2016 to September 2017, Whitson became the first woman to command the space station twice (Expedition 51). She also claimed the title for most spacewalks by a woman – 10 spacewalks totaling 60 hours and 21 minutes – and set the record for most time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut at 665 days.

Whitson’s time on the ground at NASA was no less groundbreaking. She served as chief of the astronaut corps from 2009 to 2012, becoming both the first woman to hold the position and the first non-military astronaut corps chief.

“Peggy is a classmate and a friend, and she will be deeply missed,” said Pat Forrester, current chief of the Astronaut Office. “Along with her record setting career, she leaves behind a legacy of her passion for space.”

Find Whitson’s complete biography at:

https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/peggy-a-whitson

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