Meet Russia’s Newest Cosmonaut Candidates

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On October 30, a group of eight would-be cosmonauts, formed through an open competition, was taken to Baikonur to see the launch of the International Space Station cargo vehicle Progress M-17M and the  Proton-M rocket, intended for injection into orbit Russian communication satellites Luch-5B and Yamal-300K. For most of the cosmonauts candidates, this was their first trip to the space center, and is part of their general space training program.

Candidate biographies are below.

Roscosmos Cosmonaut Candidates: Class of 2012

Oleg Blinov

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.

Previous job: FGBU “Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Institute.” Chief engineer for operations for EVA. Experience in the aerospace industry for over 10 years.

Peter V. Dubrov

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.”

Previous job: OOO “CBOSS International Development.”

Ignat Ignatov

Born in 1982 in Kremenchuk, Poltava region of Ukraine.

In 2004 he graduated from the Air Force Academy. Zhukovsky. Engineer “Technical maintenance of aircraft electrical systems and flight control and navigation systems.”

Previous job: FSBI SRI “Cosmonaut. Yuri Gagarin. ” Lead Test Engineer for EVA work in the hydro.

He has more than 500 hours under water. In the space industry for more than eight years.

Anna Y. Kikin

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).

Previous job: OOO “Radio Siberia Altai”.

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

Sergey Korsakov

Born in 1984 in Frunze (Bishkek NV) Kirghizia.

A graduate of Bauman. Bauman (2006), with honors, an engineer by profession “Rocket Engines.”

Previous job: OOO “Info Capital Group.”

Dmitry Petelin

Born in 1983 in Kustanai Kazakhstan.

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

Previous job: Ltd. “NEC”.

Development engineer third category of department “aircraft design.” Experience in the aviation industry for over six years.

Andrey Fedyaev

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.

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.

Previous job: OOO “Space Tu.”

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