Salizhan Shakirovich SHARIPOV
Colonel, RF Air Force,
Test Cosmonaut of Yu. A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center,
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: August 24, 1964, Uzgen, Oshsk
Area, Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic (Kirgizia).
Father: Shakirzhan Sharipov, born in 1929, a pensioner.
Mother: Turgnai Sharipova (Tashmatova), born in 1936, a
EDUCATION: In 1987 he graduated from Kharkov Higher Military
Pilot School after S.I. Gritsevets, Twice Hero of the Soviet
Union with a diploma of engineer pilot, specializing in
Command Tactical Fighter Aviation. In 1992-1994 he was at
the International Center of Training Systems (tuition by
correspondence) of the State Academy of Oil and Gas on the
Aerospace Ecology faculty specializing in the Mated Processing
of Aerospace Ecological Materials. Upon graduation from
it he got a qualification of engineer-ecologist, and a degree
of Master of ecological management.
FAMILY STATUS: Married.
Wife: Nasiba (Nadezhda) Mavlianovna Sharipova (Satkulova),
born in 1964, an economist, works at the Savings Bank of
the Star City.
Daughter: Nigara Salizhanovna Sharipova, born in 1988.
Son: Zhakhongir Salizhanovich Sharipov, born in 1992, a
AWARDS AND RANKS:
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation (1988), Hero of
the Kirghiz Republic (Kyrgyz Respublikasynyn Baatyry) (1998),
First Cosmonaut of the Kirghiz Republic. He is decorated
with Gold Star Medal of the Hero of the Kirghiz Republic
(Ak Shumkar Medal, 1998), Russian Federation Air Force Medals,
Space Flight Medal, NASA (1998).
HOBBY: Football, book-reading.
In 1987-1990 he served as a pilot-instructor of the Central
Training Extension Courses for Air Staff of the military
district, Central Asia, Tokmak. He flew aircraft L-29, L-39,
MiG-21. He has logged about 950 flight hours. He is the
3-rd class military pilot, 3-rd class military pilot-instructor.
On August 8, 1990 he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment
of the Air Force CTC. From October 1990 to March 1992 he
passed a course of general space training and on March 11,
1992 a qualification of a test cosmonaut was conferred on
In 1992-1997 he passed training in the cosmonaut group under
the program of flights to the Mir Orbital Complex.
From August 1997 to January 1998 he passed training as a
member of the STS-89 crew at the Johnson Space Center, USA.
On January 22-31, 1998 he performed the first space flight
as a mission specialist onboard the Endeavour Shuttle (STS-89)
under the program of the 8-th docking of the Shuttle with
the Mir Orbital Complex. He worked onboard the Mir Orbital
Complex together with Russian cosmonauts A. Soloviev and
P. Vinogradov and U.S. astronaut D. Wolf as well. The flight
duration was 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, 54 seconds.
From March 1998 to February 1999 he passed training as the
backup crew commander under EC-27 program for the Mir Orbital
Complex together with Claudie Andre-Deshaus (Haignere) (France)
and Mihal Fulier (Slovakia).
On February 20, 1999 he was a backup of V. Afanasiev, commander
of the Soyuz TM-29 spacecraft.
From March 1999 to March 2000 he passed training as the
backup crew commander under EC-28 program for the Mir Orbital
Complex together with P. Vinogradov.
On April 4, 2000 he was a backup of S. Zaletin, commander
of the Soyuz TM-30 spacecraft.
Presently he is training for a space flight in the ISS-9
backup crew as commander.
By the data presented by Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center
and reference book The Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts, 1960-2000.