Russia Graduates New Class of Cosmonauts

Cosmonaut class of 2020.. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscomos PR) — Today, December 2, 2020, at the Yu.A. Gagarin, a meeting of the Interdepartmental Qualification Commission (ICQC) took place. By the decision of the commission, the qualification of a test cosmonaut was awarded to Konstantin Borisov, Alexander Gorbunov, Alexander Grebenkin, Alexei Zubritsky, Sergei Mikayev, Kirill Peskov and Oleg Platonov. They completed a two-year general space training course and successfully passed the State exam.

Head of the Yu.A. Gagarin Pavel Vlasov addressed the participants of the event with a welcoming speech.

“Congratulations to the test cosmonauts and CTC staff who conducted the training. A very important stage has come to an end, but you cannot relax and lose motivation. Keep moving forward and see you at the next stages of preparation,” said the head of the Center.

The advisor to the head of the CTC, Hero of the Russian Federation, pilot-cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko presented the heroes of the occasion with certificates confirming their new status. Representatives of enterprises and organizations of the rocket and space industry took part in the meeting of the MVKK and the solemn ceremony.

“You have a long way ahead, there is much to be done,” the head of the RSC Energia flight and space center, Hero of the Russian Federation, pilot-cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri said to his novice colleagues. “A good basis has been created for the further development and improvement of the acquired skills. Keep learning and moving towards your goal.”

“The next stage of preparation will be very important for you. Competition will intensify, and only your knowledge, skills, abilities will determine who gets on the crew and flies into space. You have shown yourself well, do not slow down, ”stressed Oleg Kotov, Deputy Director of the Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Hero of the Russian Federation, pilot-cosmonaut.

The parting words were joined by representatives of NPP Zvezda Gennady Glazov and the Khrunichev State Scientific and Practical Center Mikhail Musailov. The test cosmonauts who received certificates today were selected to the Roscosmos cosmonaut corps following the results of the second open competition announced in 2018. 

According to them, the theoretical part of the general space training was no less significant than the practical one. A group of then cosmonaut candidates attended lectures and seminars, where they studied the structure of a spacecraft, a station, and got acquainted with the methods of conducting scientific experiments. In two years they have mastered about 50 disciplines and passed about 60 tests and exams.