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dcfowler1
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quote:
Originally posted by astro-nut:
Is Colonel Williams then the back up for Scott Kelly and his mission?
Yes.

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European Space Agency release
Andreas Mogensen set for Soyuz mission to Space Station in 2015

ESA's Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen has been assigned to be launched on a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in September 2015 for a mission to the International Space Station.

This 10-day mission will be Andreas's first flight into space and the first ever space mission by a Danish astronaut.

The flight is directly connected to the new era in ISS operations: two experienced spacefarers from the USA and Russia will work on the Station for one year from May 2015. During his stay onboard the ISS, he will conduct a series of experiments preparing future missions and testing new technologies.

"I'm happy to announce this mission as this is already the fifth flight assignment for the class recruited in 2009," said Thomas Reiter, ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations.

"With first of the new class, Luca Parmitano, currently working on the Space Station, and three other astronauts already training for their imminent missions, ESA's new astronauts are very busy.

"Thanks to the decisions of the Member States at the Ministerial Council last November, we will be able to fulfil our commitment to fly all six newly selected astronauts before the end of 2017," said Mr Reiter.

"This mission is the fulfilment of a life-long dream and the culmination of many years of hard work and training," said Andreas Mogensen.

"I am excited to be able to participate in ESA's outstanding programme of science and technology development on board the International Space Station and I am honoured to represent Denmark and Europe in space. The mission is a unique opportunity for Europe to develop and test the technologies necessary for the future of human space exploration."

New technology and science mission

The launch of the mission will take place on 30 September, 2015 with the launch of Soyuz TMA-18 (44S) and it will end on 10 October, when Andreas will land with Soyuz TMA-16 (42S).

During his flight, Andreas will test novel ways of interaction between the ground and space crews with a mobile device that allows astronauts to operate it hands-free and with several multi-user communication techniques. The system will have also advanced 3D visualisation and augmented reality –features that will be fully exploited with added wearable computers and cameras to allow the general public to follow activities on the ISS 'through the eyes of an ESA astronaut' potentially in real time.

Andreas's short mission is an excellent opportunity for several science studies, particularly in life science. By adding samples and measurements from a short-duration mission astronaut to material gathered and being collected during long-duration missions, the value of the biomedical statistics is increased. All the instrumentation needed for physiology, biology and material science experiments is already available in the Columbus laboratory and samples can be returned quickly back to Earth for further analysis.

A short-duration mission is also perfect for testing a new generation of health sensors, vital measurement devices and electro-muscle-mobility devices. These have direct benefit for future exploration missions and even sooner on Earth, for instance with operators of heavy machinery or with rehabilitation after sports injuries.

Andreas will be specially suited too: he will assess a new 'skinsuit' during normal daily activities. This is tight garment made from elastic material mimicking Earth gravity and thus passively mitigating deconditioning of an astronaut's body during spaceflight.

Along with the Soyuz arrival, the ISS will host up to nine persons for a while – a record that has not been broken since retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.

Between Luca's ongoing mission and flight of Andreas in 2015, ESA astronauts Alexander Gerst and Samantha Cristoforetti, are scheduled for launch in 2014 for long-duration missions to the Station. After Andreas, the next European destined for space will be Tim Peake, who will start his long-duration mission on the ISS as a member of the Expedition 46/47 in December 2015.

High-flying engineer

This new technology packed mission will be a dream flight for an aerospace engineer like Andreas. Not only will the mission include many firsts and demonstrations, but also Andreas will fly as the flight engineer in the 'left seat' of Soyuz, making him second-in-command of their vehicle.

Andreas was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 2 November 1976, and he received a master's degree in aeronautical engineering from Imperial College London, UK, in 1999, followed by a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, USA, in 2007.

He was selected as an ESA astronaut in May 2009 and completed the astronaut basic training programme in November 2010 with the five other astronauts of the 2009 class. Andreas is a qualified Eurocom at the Columbus Control Centre in Munich, where he has been communicating with the astronauts on the International Space Station.

In addition to his training and work activities, Andreas worked for ESA on the Lunar Lander programme at ESTEC, Noordwijk, the Netherlands, where he was involved in the design of the guidance, navigation and control system for a precision lunar landing.

From his homebase at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, Andreas will start his mission training with the partners of the International Space Station. This will take him to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, USA, and Star City, near Moscow, Russia, as well as Japan and Canada.

Andreas blogs about space exploration and his astronaut training activities in Danish here.

hoorenz
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The ISS will host up to nine persons for a while – a record that has not been broken since retirement of the Space Shuttle in 2011.
This November, we will already have 9 persons aboard for a short time.

Robert Pearlman
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As noted in this thread, Yuri Lonchakov has resigned from Roscosmos, leaving his assignment to ISS Expedition 43 and commander of Expedition 44 vacant.

(Gennady Padalka has been rumored as a possible replacement for Lonchakov.)

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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Padalka's rumored replacement would be wild. They would get a chance to compare how Padalka fared during his time in space, broken up over five missions (four on ISS, if he is Lonchakov's replacment) v. Kelly and Kornienko's continuous flight.

Robert Pearlman
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Some say Padalka is not only confirmed but has known he was going to fly for months. But if that's the case, Roscosmos is not letting it be known.
Spokeswoman Irina Rogova said: "Now we are urgently looking for a new commander."

Robert Pearlman
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Though still no official word from Roscosmos, Interfax reports Gennady Padalka will replace Yuri Lonchakov on the Expedition 43/44 crew.
"Another experienced cosmonaut, Gennady Padalka, will take Lonchakov's place in the crew to depart for the ISS in March 2015," [a space industry source] said.

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This begs the question:

I know flight assignments for NASA Astronauts aboard the ISS take into consideration the possible exposure to radiation. Is there a similar rule in Russia?

Robert Pearlman
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Yes, but by different standards. The U.S. limitations are considered to be conservative (perhaps ultra-conservative) as compared to other space agencies.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA release
NASA, Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members

NASA and its international partners have appointed future crew members for the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Tim Kopra and European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake are scheduled to launch in December 2015 and return to Earth in spring 2016. They will join the Expedition 45 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as part of Expedition 46 with yearlong expedition Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko.

This will be the second long-duration spaceflight for Kopra, a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Kopra was a flight engineer aboard the station during Expedition 20 in 2009. This will be the first spaceflight for Peake, a former British Army helicopter pilot and graduate of the Royal Military Academy.

The Expedition 45 crew will be:

  • NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, station commander
  • Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, flight engineer
  • NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, flight engineer
  • ESA astronaut Tim Peake, flight engineer

Robert Pearlman
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JAXA release
Astronaut Takuya Onishi Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) would like to announce that Astronaut Takuya Onishi has been selected as a crewmember for the 48th/49th Expedition Mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Astronaut Onishi was selected as an astronaut candidate in February 2009, and then, certified as an ISS astronaut in July 2011 after completion of all basic training requirements. Since then, he has been continuously maintaining and improving his qualities as an ISS astronaut through various training such as the 15th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO 15) conducted at the underwater laboratory in the United States.

For Astronaut Onishi, this long duration stay aboard the ISS will be his first space flight.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA release
NASA, International Space Station Partners Announce Future Crew Members

NASA and its international partners have appointed crew members for a 2016 mission to the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Jeff Williams is scheduled to launch in spring 2016 and return to Earth in fall 2016. He will join space station Expedition 47 crew members in orbit and will remain aboard as part of Expedition 48 with cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). Williams will assume command of the orbiting outpost upon the departure of Expedition 47's commander, Sergei Zaletin of Roscosmos.

This will be the fourth spaceflight and third long-duration mission for Williams, a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. Williams was a flight engineer aboard the station during Expedition 13 in 2006. He later served as a flight engineer during Expedition 21 and commander of Expedition 22 in 2010.

This will be the first flight for Ovchinin, a former Russian Air Force pilot and graduate of the Eisk Air Force Pilot School. Ovchinin has been a cosmonaut since 2009.

This will be the second long-duration flight for Skripochka, who served as a flight engineer during Expeditions 25 and 26 in 2010 and 2011. The former mechanical engineer has been a cosmonaut since 1999.

The crew for Expedition 47 will be:

  • Tim Kopra, NASA
  • Sergei Zaletin, Roscosmos
  • Tim Peake, European Space Agency
The crew of Expedition 48 will be:
  • Jeff Williams, NASA
  • Alexey Ovchinin, Roscosmos
  • Oleg Skripochka, Roscosmos

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European Space Agency (ESA) release
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will fly to the International Space Station in 2016

European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet has been assigned to a long-duration mission on the International Space Station, it was announced today (March 17).

The assignment of the French-born astronaut was announced by ESA's Director General Jean Jacques Dordain in the presence of the French Minister for Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, and the President of the French space agency, CNES, Jean-Yves Le Gall.

The announcement was made in coordination with the international partners of the International Space Station.

With Thomas Pesquet's assignment, all six ESA astronauts from the class of 2009 will have flown to the Station on missions within seven years of graduation.

The Director General noted: "Thomas' mission assignment concludes the first phase for our newest members of the ESA astronaut corps which was to make each of them assigned to a spaceflight.

"This is a clear demonstration of the reputation of ESA among the international partners of ISS as well as of ESA astronauts among the international community of astronauts. The flight experience gained by this new class of ESA astronauts is providing a solid ground for ESA Member States to contribute to further international human exploration missions."

Born in Rouen, France, Thomas will be the 10th Frenchman to go to space, following Léopold Eyharts who supported the commissioning and first utilisation of ESA's Columbus microgravity laboratory on the Space Station.

As a partner in the Station, ESA is entitled to use its resources, which include supporting missions of European astronauts.

During Thomas' mission, an atomic clock will be installed on the Station to connect with other atomic clocks on Earth to test Einstein's theory of relativity and allow even more accurate world timekeeping. The results could double the accuracy of satellite navigation, allowing us to pinpoint our location on Earth with even higher precision.

Thomas studied as an aerospace engineer before working as a commercial airline pilot.

ESA's Director of Human Spaceflight and Operations and former astronaut, Thomas Reiter, says: "I remember this exciting moment of mission assignment very well, and I'm very happy that Thomas Pesquet is now in this situation.

"There is an exciting road ahead for Thomas, learning all the systems of the International Space Station and the unique scientific experiments that he will conduct in space."

Thomas comments on his assignment: "I am happy to have been selected for a mission but this is just the start of a new phase for me – there is a lot of work to do and a lot to learn before my flight.

"I will consider my dream complete when I am working on the International Space Station."


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