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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-14-2017 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Roscosmos announces open call for cosmonauts

An interdepartmental commission on Tuesday (March 14) announced the start of a campaign by the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia to recruit the 2017 Roscosmos cosmonaut class.

The goal is to select leading specialists who have the skills of working with space and/or aircraft equipment to become the first pilots of the new Russian spacecraft "Federation," and who will work on board the International Space Station (ISS) and become the first Russians to fly to the moon.

Roscosmos plans to recruit six to eight candidates to supplement the current cosmonaut corps.

Applicants will have to go through several selection stages, including complying with educational and professional fitness requirements to ensure they can complete the training programs for cosmonauts.

General requirements:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of the Russian Federation.
  • Applicants should be 35 years or younger.
  • Applicants must have a degree in engineering, scientific or flight specialties and have work experience. Priority for selection will be given to those who have experience in the aviation and rocket and space industry of the Russian Federation.
  • Applicants must comply with the following requirements necessary for the subsequent preparation for a spaceflight, in particular:
    • Have the ability to study space technology (demonstrate the ability to understand the basics and principles of building technical systems, understanding their physical nature, the ability to memorize technical information, terminology and technical characteristics);
    • Have knowledge of working with computer equipment;
    • To know a foreign language (English) within the requirements of programs of non-linguistic high schools of the Russian Federation
A full list of requirements and a list of necessary documents can be found on the Roscosmos website.

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Roscosmos and the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center have decided to extend the deadline for their latest recruitment of cosmonauts.
"After studying the applications, the Roscosmos specialists decided that to fulfill ambitious tasks and develop new rocket and space equipment, the cosmonaut unit needs a bigger number of young people with engineering, technical and natural science skills," the state corporation said in a statement.

The applications were due to be submitted by July 14, three months after the selection of candidates for the cosmonaut unit was announced. No details on the timeframe have been revealed.

"The specialists continue studying the application forms, and the candidates for joining the unit who have passed the first stage will soon begin the main part of tests," Sergey Krikalev, a director for manned space programs, said.

He said those who failed to submit their documents in due time will manage to pass the selection stages. "We are not in a hurry, we are looking for professionals who are ready to conquer new space horizons. Space is waiting for you," Krikalev said.

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No women have qualified for Russia's next class of cosmonauts, reports the state news agency TASS, citing an industry source.
"Thirteen persons have been cleared by the main medical commission and the final stage will involve selection at the inter-departmental commission, which will be held in late June," the source said, specifying that "there are no females among the thirteen candidates who have been cleared for the final selection stage."

Russia's State Space Corporation Roscosmos and the Cosmonaut Training Center declined to comment on this information...

The 17th selection procedure for Russia's cosmonaut team kicked off in March 2017. Overall, 420 applications were filed. The selection was an open recruitment campaign: any Russian citizen not older than 35 years of age, with a higher university degree in engineering, the sciences or piloting and work experience were eligible to apply. Moreover, females filed a larger number of applications compared to the previous procedure (the 2012 recruitment campaign).

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posted 06-19-2018 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil DC   Click Here to Email Neil DC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It seems too early for Roscosmos to select more cosmonaut candidates, when they are struggling to fly their existing rookies. Every time there are financial constraints they seem to start selling seats.

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posted 08-10-2018 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Roscosmos has selected eight men as its 17th class of cosmonaut candidates. The names and profiles of the eight (in Russian) can be found here.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 08-13-2018 12:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Russia's new cosmonauts include brother of ISS crew member

Russia has announced a new class of cosmonaut trainees, including the younger brother of a crew member now on board the International Space Station.

An interdepartmental commission selected the eight new candidates, including Yevgeny Prokopyev, the sibling of Expedition 56 flight engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who launched to the space station in June. The Prokopyevs are the first Russian siblings and second pair of brothers in the world to be chosen for a cosmonaut or astronaut corps.

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posted 08-13-2018 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If the past couple of classes are any indication, one or two of them won't make the final cut.

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Robert, do you have the full names of these Russian rookies, i.e. including the patronym, as standard procedure in this country? Thank you.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-08-2018 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spacefacts.de has the full names, just click through on each of the class members' surnames.

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posted 10-18-2018 09:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tony Quine (cS: Tonyq) provides a behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 cosmonaut selection process, including an interview with applicant Tatiana Drozhzhova, for The Space Review.
From the 420 applicants, around 80 were called to the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) for the Full-time Stage. Candidates spend two weeks living at GCTC, and undertaking a range of psychological and medical tests, interviews, examinations, and being fully immersed in the atmosphere of the cosmonaut environment. Tatiana was one of only 11 female candidates invited to take part in this process.

Tatiana has talked about her experience of taking part in the cosmonaut selection process, what she has learned from it, and her future plans.

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