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Robert Pearlman
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Roscosmos recruiting new class of cosmonauts

Roscosmos, Russia's space agency, announced on its website Friday (Jan. 27) that it was seeking new candidates to join its cosmonaut corps.

The selection process will be overseen by a committee representing the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (YGTC), RSC Energia and the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IMBP).

Applications should be submitted through the training center.

This selection, which is open to the Russian public, differs from one held last year by the training center that focused more on candidates already working for the space program.

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RIA Novosti reports that a month before the deadline, only 43 people have applied for Russia's first open cosmonaut selection drive.
The open selection drive was launched on January 27 and runs until March 15. Of the current applicants, 27 work in the space industry, traditionally the main source of cosmonauts, Krikalev said.

But the list also includes applicants from other professions, including an airline pilot and three army officers, he said. There are also seven women among the applicants, said Sergei Krikalev, head of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

Not all applicants were serious. One applied because he lived close to the cosmonaut training center and wanted to save time on commuting, while another sought to leave documents on his mental health out of his paperwork, Vitaly Davydov, deputy chief of the Federal Space Agency, said.

Recruiters expect more applications to flow in because contenders need to provide a handful of medical and other documents, the collecting of which takes time, said Krikalev, a cosmonaut who holds the world record for combined time spent in orbit with 803 days in six flights.

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Roscosmos selects 8 cosmonaut candidates

Roscosmos, Russia's Federal Space Agency, announced on Monday (Oct. 8) it has chosen eight candidates to enter basic training for the cosmonaut corps.

The selection, which was the first open call for trainees in the history of the Russian space program, drew 304 applications. The applicants were originally narrowed to 51 and then nine for further evaluation, leading to the class of eight candidates. They are:

  • Fedyaev Andrei
    Born in 1981 in Serov, Sverdlovsk region.

    In 2004 he graduated from the Krasnodar Military Aviation Institute "Operation of Air transport and Air Traffic Control." Military pilot 2nd class.

  • Ignat, Ignatov, N.
    Born in 1982 in Kremenchuk, Poltava region of Ukraine.

    In 2004 he graduated from the Zhukovsky Air Force Academy as an engineer "Technical maintenance of aircraft electrical systems and flight control and navigation systems."

    In the space industry for more than eight years. Lead Test Engineer for EVA work in the neutral buoyancy lab at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. He has more than 500 hours under water.

  • Korsakov, Sergei
    Born in 1984 in Frunze (Bishkek NV) Kirghizia.

    A graduate of Bauman (2006), with honors, an engineer by profession "Rocket Engines." Hired by LLC "Info Capital Group."

  • Blinov, Oleg
    Born in 1978 in the village of Kirov-Chepetsk Tatars region Kirov region.

    In 1998, he graduated from the Kirov Military Aviation Technical School on "Technical maintenance of aircraft and engines." Graduated with honors. In 2001 he graduated from the Vyatka State Agricultural Academy, specialty — mechanical engineer.

    Chief engineer for operations for EVA at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. Experience in the aerospace industry for over 10 years.

  • Petelin, Dmitry
    Born in 1983 in Kustanai Kazakhstan.

    In 2006, he graduated from South Ural State University. An engineer, "Aircraft and Helicopter."

    Place of work: LLC "Nick." Design Engineer third class of department "aircraft design." Experience in the aviation industry for over six years.

  • Chub, Nikolai
    Born in 1984 in Novocherkassk, Rostov region.

    In 2006 he graduated from the South-Russian State Technical University, specialty - engineer ("Management and Informatics in Technical Systems"). SRSTU graduate student.

    Place of work: OOO "Space Tu."

    Has more than 150 parachute jumps, including flights in wingsuit (costume-wing). Russian and European record holder in 2011 in the class of large wingsuit-formations.

  • Dubrov, Peter V.
    Born in 1978 in the city of Khabarovsk.

    In 1999 he graduated from the Khabarovsk State University. Software Engineer, specialty "Software computers and automated systems."

    Place of work: LLC "CBOSS International Development."

  • Kikin, Anna Y.
    Born in 1984 in Novosibirsk.

    She graduated from the Novosibirsk State Academy of Water Transport (with honors). An engineer "Protection in Emergency Situations" (2006), economist-manager in "Economics and Management" (2008).

    Place of work: LLC "Radio Siberia Altai".

    Master of Sports in polyathlon (all-around), and rafting, winner of silver medal "Ski Track of Russia" (2011).

Jay Chladek
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posted 10-10-2012 07:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting that all these candidates were little more than teenagers or in their early 20s when the Soviet Union dissolved. At least they seem to be enthusiastic about what they are signing up for and I wish them luck.

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posted 10-13-2012 11:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for eurospace   Click Here to Email eurospace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for posting this — interesting!

Do you have the complete names, with the patronyms, that is?

In the case of Ignatov, first name and family name seem to reversed (as to the last name, first name sequence).

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posted 10-14-2012 01:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lewis007   Click Here to Email Lewis007     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The complete names of the cosmonaut candidates are:

Oleg Vladimirovich Blinov
Nikolai Alexandrovich Chub
Pyotr Valerevich Dubrov
Andrei Valerevich Fedyaev
Ignat Nikolayevich Ignatov
Anna Yurevna Kikina
Sergei Vladimirovich Korsakov
Dimitri Alexandrovich Petelin

Source: Roscosmos

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posted 10-15-2012 01:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kocmoc   Click Here to Email Kocmoc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How long has it been since there was a woman in the selection?

Also, I can't seem to find the link to the roscosmos.ru site. Does anyone have it handy?

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posted 10-15-2012 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The article is here, and is only available in Russian,

(Unfortunately, Roscosmos' website is built in a such way that their URLs are fluid; the link may work but it may also redirect to an unrelated page on the site.)

I believe Yelana Serova is the most recent female candidate prior to this class. She was recruited in 2006.

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Additional info is available here.

Links to the biographies of the cosmonaut candidates (including some early pictures) start near the bottom of the page, in the section starting with "8 октября 2012 года"

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On Monday (June 16), Roscosmos announced that six out of the eight members of its 2012 cosmonaut candidate class successfully passed their basic training final exams to begin preparing for spaceflights. The newly-appointed cosmonauts are:
  • Oleg Blinov
  • Nikolai Chub
  • Pyotr Dubrov
  • Andrei Fedyaev
  • Sergei Korsakov
  • Dimitri Petelin
Candidates Ignat Ignatov and Anna Kikina apparently did not make the cut.

Above, from left to right: Oleg Blinov, Nikolai Chub, Sergei Korsakov, Yuri Lonchakov, Dimitri Petelin, Andrei Fedyaev and Pyotr Dubrov.

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Russia appoints six new cosmonauts, sole female candidate not among them

Six new cosmonauts joined the ranks of Russia's space agency on Monday (June 16), two short of the eight candidates who started basic training for the job two years ago.

Among the two who did not make the cut was the group's only woman. By coincidence, the announcement came 51 years to day after Russia launched the world's first female cosmonaut into space. Since then, only two more Russian women have flown into orbit, with the fourth set to launch later this year.

An interagency commission including representatives from Russia's federal space agency Roscosmos, as well as the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City and from the Russian aerospace companies RSC Energia and Khrunichev approved the six men to be the 2012 class of test-cosmonauts. As a group, they will next begin training for spaceflights to become eligible for crew assignments.

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According to Interfax, the decision to exclude Anna Kikina was made by a majority of commission members, based on secret-ballot results.
"The commission carefully examined the outcomes of the training, analyzed everything and eventually made a majority decision against assigning the 'test cosmonaut' qualification to Kikina," [head of RKK Energia's Research Center Aleksandr Kaleri] said.

Kaleri would not say where exactly the young woman failed during training, but added "the discussion was very serious."

He also said that in 2012 the open enrolment was conducted with excess: the plan was to select five people; instead, eight were taken in. "They were warned that eliminations were likely," Kaleri said.

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Cosmonaut Kikina: Roscosmos reinstates rejected female candidate

As it turns out, Anna Kikina will become a cosmonaut after all.

The only woman among Russia's most recent candidates, Kikina was originally excluded from joining the cosmonaut corps when the new class was announced on June 16.

That decision has now been overturned, a spokesman for Russia's space agency Roscosmos told the Interfax news service.

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posted 06-26-2014 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good for her! I wonder what changed their minds?

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I'm pleased that she has been re-instated, but after this recent sequence of events, you have to wonder if she will really be on a level playing field with the other candidates, as training and assignments move forward?

In any event, even the leading members of this group look unlikely to receive flight assignments for at least 2/3 years, with any mission being 1/2 years thereafter.

There is a long queue at Star City.

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According to the industry source who spoke to Interfax, Kikina will be enrolled in another year of basic training and is not yet a test-cosmonaut like her fellow 2012 recruits, but rather still considered a candidate.

As such, she will be at least a year behind the men for potential flight assignments.

She may, however, be a much more prominent member of the corps in the short term (if she isn't already from this rejection and reversal episode). With Serova's flight approaching this fall, it's reasonable to expect some media attention to fall on Kikina as the next female cosmonaut in line.

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Yes Robert, you may be right that once she has completed the extra year and got herself back 'on track' from this whole saga, coupled to Serova's profile might actually work in her favour. I certainly hope so!

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Well, this suggests that something is amiss with cosmonaut selection and training.

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The whole thing seems kind of odd to me. Why the reversal? Political pressure? Or was it a case of Kikina just barely missing the mark along with the recognition that she has many qualities that would make her a good addition to the cosmonaut group?

Women's status in Russia lags far behind that of the western world, even in the 21st century. That's evidenced by the fact that only 3 female cosmonauts have flown so far. Who knows what other machinations went on behind the scene; we'll likely never know.

Good luck to her.

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