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:
July 17, 2013

Russian scientists develop the idea of launching biological satellite to 200 000 km high orbit, – radiation protection department manager of Institute for Biomedical problems…

full story
April 25, 2022

Prelaunch processing of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-20 continues in the integration and test facility of Site 254 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Today, at…

full story
August 13, 2013

A Japanese cargo freighter docked with the International Space Station on Friday, NASA said. Nicknamed Kounotori-2 (Japanese for “white stork”), the HTV-4 freighter docked with the station…

full story
December 2, 2014

Russia will start developing and testing new navigational satellites in 2018, – Aerospace defence Troops commander Lieutenant General Alexander Golovko reported. Aerospace defence troops protecting…

full story
May 24, 2021

On May 21, 2021 the specialists of Roscosmos subsidiaries – the Vostochny Space Center (a branch of the Center for Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure…

full story
May 30, 2014

Today, on May 30, we congratulate the legendary cosmonaut Alexey Arkhipovich Leonov on his Birthday. His name is of great importance for the world Cosmonautics;…

full story
June 2, 2014

The preparation of the next manned spacecraft for the ISS flight has started in the integration building of 245 launchpad of Baikonur spaceport. Soyuz TMA-14M…

full story
May 29, 2014

Soyuz-FG booster with Soyuz TMA-13M manned spacecraft carrying new ISS mission crew onboard was launched from “Gagarin” launching pad of Baikonur spaceport on May 28,…

full story