May 7, 2014
Categories: ESA, GCTC, ISS, NASA, RSC Energia, Russia, Soyuz

Every crew has to pass a great number of exams and tests before the space flight. The cosmonauts have to know the spacecraft and ISS systems, foreseen and prevent off-nominal situations. Complex examinational trainings generally enable to assess the level of readiness for the flight. Following the results of these exams the commission makes a decision whether the crew is allowed to the next stage of flight preparations.

The crew started passing their exams on May 6. On May 7 the main crew consisting of Russian cosmonaut Maksim Surayev, NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst started their examinational training on Soyuz TMA-M simulator.

After them the back-up crew consisting of Anton Shkaplerov, Samantha Christoforetti and Terry Virts had the same training.

Crew commanders Maksim Surayev and Anton Shkaplerov reported to the examinational commission comprising GCTC, RSC Energia and NASA representative on the readiness for the training. Then they took their examinational  cards. Off-nominal situations stated in the cards has to be unknown for the training participants and their task is to find it out and eliminate.

Traditionally before the exams started the cosmonauts paid attention to mass media answering the journalists’ questions about their health and previous training results. Commander Maksim Surayev explained that every crew does its best to complete the tasks properly, show proper actions in case of off-nominal situations and get a high mark. He said a few words about future space flight goals and its busy scheduled  stipulating several spacewalks and lots of scientific experiments, besides the cosmonauts have to receive many cargo vehicles during their mission.

Back-up crew commander Anton Shkaplerov told that such exams are never easy even for experienced cosmonauts.

ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti added that she feels comfortable working in the crew and likes helping colleagues in solving nominal and off-nominal tasks. She also stated that women cosmonauts have no advantages over men cosmonauts since both have to accomplish the same work.

Upon the completion of trainings commission will sum up the results.

More from this category:
May 5, 2016

Second stage of ExoMars project implementation was shifted from 2018 to July 2020, – Roscosmos press office reports. According to Roscosmos the second ExoMars mission…

full story
April 3, 2013

Salyut 2 (OPS-1) was a Soviet space station which was launched on April 3, 1973. It was the first Almaz military space station to fly….

full story
June 19, 2015

Foreign-made compounds phase-out program for Russian Luna-25 researcher is complete, – Lavochkin Scientific Association representative reported at Le Bourget-2015 International Air show. At Paris Air…

full story
November 22, 2018

On November 21, at the 17th site of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in front of the “Cosmonaut” Hotel, a ceremony was held to raise the flags…

full story
October 9, 2018

Today, on October 9, the “Soyuz-FG” medium-class launch vehicle with the “Soyuz MS-10” spacecraft was removed from the assembly and test building and installed on…

full story
January 15, 2014

New armament race in space, contamination of near-Earth space and asteroid danger are the most important threats to space activities of developed countries, – Roscosmos…

full story
August 16, 2013

Two Russian crew members on board the International Space Station (ISS) will carry out a spacewalk on Friday to install equipment for the arrival of…

full story
May 16, 2014

On May 16,2014 at 01.42, Moscow time Proton-M booster with Briz-M upper stage and Express-AM4R satellite was launched from Baikonur spaceport. The satellite wasn’t orbited…

full story