Fedor Nikolaevich YURCHIKHIN
Test Cosmonaut of Korolev Rocket & Space Corporation Energia
DATA AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
January 3, 1959, Batumi, Adzhar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (Georgia)
Farther: Nikolai Fedorovich Yurchikhin, born in 1932, a pensioner
Mother: Mikrula Sofoklievna Yurchikhina (Grammatikopulo), born in 1938, a pensioner.
In 1983 he graduated from Moscow Aviation Institute after S. Ordzhonikidze and got a qualification of a mechanical engineer. In April 2001 he defended a thesis for a candidate of science (economics).
FAMILY STATUS: Married, has two daughters.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
The Russian Federation pilot-cosmonaut (2003). Decorated with the Order of Friendship (2003), Space Flight Medal, NASA (2003).
History of cosmonautics, literature, stamp collection, sports.
From 1983 to 1997 he worked as an engineer, senior engineer, leading engineer at NPO Energia/RSC Energia. He worked in the Main Operations Control Team (MOCT) of MCC and then as a shift manager of MOCT planning group.
From November 1990 to June 1991 he was a manager of the operations control team of floating command-measuring station "Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin".
In 1995-1997 he was an assistant flight manager under the Mir-NASA program. On July 28, 1997 he was selected as a candidate for cosmonauts by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee and on October 14, 1997 he was enlisted as a candidate for cosmonauts in the RSC Energia cosmonaut detachment.
In 1998-1999 he passed a course of general space training and on December 1, 1999 he got a qualification of a test cosmonaut.
In 2000-2001 he passed training at Yu.A Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center as a member of the cosmonaut group under the ISS program.
On October 7-18, 2002 he performed his first space flight as the mission specialist of the Atlantis Shuttle (STS-112) under the ISS assembly program (mission 2A). The main task of this flight was to deliver section S1 of the main truss, scientific equipment and cargoes to the ISS. The flight duration was 10 days 19 hrs 57 min 49 s. He is currently training for a space flight within the ISS-13 back-up crew as a flight engineer.
By the data submitted by Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and reference book
The Soviet and Russian Cosmonauts, 1960-2000.