Gennady Ivanovich PADALKA
Colonel of the Russian Federation Air Force
Test Cosmonaut-Instructor of Yu. A. Gagarin
Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: June 21, 1958, Krasnodar, RSFSR
Father: Ivan Vasilievich Padalka, born in 1931.
Mother: Valentina Mefodievna Padalka (Melenchenko), born
EDUCATION: In 1979 he graduated from Eisk Higher Military
Pilot School after V.M. Komarov. In 1994 after training
at the International Center of Training Systems he got a
qualification of engineer-ecologist and a degree of Master
of ecological monitoring.
FAMILY STATUS: Married.
Wife: Irina Anatolievna Padalka (Ponomareva), born in 1959.
Daughters: Yulia, born in 1979, Ekaterina, born in 1985
and Sofia, born in 2000.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
Hero of the Russian Federation, Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian
He is decorated with Gold Star Medal of the Hero of the
Russian Federation and Medals of the Russian Federation
also Medal of the International Fund of Cosmonautics support
for Service to Cosmonautics.
In 1979-1984 he served as a pilot, master pilot in guards
fighter bomber regiments of the Soviet Forces Group in Germany
and from 1984 to 1989 he served in Air Force units of Far-Eastern
military region. He is the 1-st class military pilot.
In 1989 he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment.
From June 1989 to January 1991 he passed a course of general
space training at Yu. A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
On February 1, 1991 a qualification of a test-cosmonaut
was conferred on him by decision of the Interdepartmental
In 1991-1996 he passed training in the group under the program
of flights to the Mir Station.
From September 1996 to July 1997 he passed training as the
backup crew commander under PC-24 program on the Mir Station
together with S. Avdeev and Jean-Pierre Haignere (France).
In 1997 he was a backup of A. Soloviev, commander of the
Soyuz TM-26 spacecraft.
In October 1997 - July 1998 he passed training as the prime
crew commander of the Soyuz TM-28 spacecraft for flight
under PC-26 program together with S. Avdeev and Yu. Baturin.
From August 13, 1998 to February 28, 1999 he performed the first
space flight as the commander of the Soyuz TM-28 spacecraft
and Mir Orbital Complex under PC-26 program together with S.
Avdeev and Yu. Baturin. He made a landing together with I. Bella
(Slovakia). During the flight he made one egress into open space
and one transfer to the Spektr depressurized module; the total
duration of these operations was 6 hr. 26 min.
On February 3, 1999 he was appointed as commander of the backup crew under PC-29 program together with S. Treschev
by decision RSA Board. However, on June 1, 1999 General Designers' Review adopted a decision on the Mir Orbital
Complex shift to the unmanned flight mode since August 1999 and the crew including G. Padalka - S. Treschev was broken up.
From June 15, 1999 to July 6, 2000 he passed training as the first crew commander under ISS-1R program for flight
to the Zvezda Service Module (in case of failure of automatic docking to the ISS) together with N. Budarin.
From November 2000 he passed training for flight under ISS-4 program together with E. Fink and S. Robbins as the backup crew commander.