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Aleksandr Mikhailovich SAMOKUTYAEV
Lieutenant-Colonel of the RF AF,
Military Pilot Third Class,
Test Cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Detachment, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: March 13, 1970, Penza, RSFSR.
In 1992 be graduated from Chernigov Higher Military Pilot School after Lenin's Komsomol (HMPS).
In 1998-2000 he studied at the Military Air Academy after Yu.A. Gagarin.
FAMILY STATUS: Married.
Wife: Oksana Nikolaevna Samokutiaeva, born in 1972.
Daughter: Anastasia Alexandrovna Samokutiaeva.
In 1992-1998 he served at Chernigov HMPS, helicopter school in the Ukraine, the Far East military district where be was assigned to a post of the squadron leader.
Military Pilot Third Class.
By the enlistment in the detachment his total flight time was 560 hours. Made 25 jumps with a parachute. Mastered aircraft Vilga-35A, L-13, Blanik, L-39, Su-24M.
Upon graduation from the Academy since 2000 he served at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center as the planning division head.
On January 20, 2003 he got a positive medical comment (permission to special training) at the meeting of Chief Medical Board (CMB).
On May 29, 2003 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for the cosmonaut selection he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment to pass a course of general space training.
From June 16, 2003 he began general space training he finished on June 27, 2005 having passed graduation examinations with an excellent mark.
On July 5, 2005 by decision of Interdepartmental Qualification Committee (IDQC) he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.
In July 2008 it was reported that he was assigned to the backup crew for Expedition 25 to the ISS (ISS-25). At the meeting of the Chief Medical Board on February 10, 2009 he got permission to train within the Soyuz-TMA vehicle backup crew.
In October 2008 it was reported that he was assigned to the prime crew forf Expedition 27 to the ISS (ISS-27). On October 7, 2009 his assignment was confirmed by NASA (press release ¹ 09-233).
On March 11-12, 2010 at the Cosmonaut Training Center Samokutiaev together with Andrei Borisenko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly passed preflight examinations with good and excellent marks.
During the launch of Soyuz TMA-18 TV on April 2, 2010 he was a backup of the vehicle commander.
At the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for the selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the manned vehicles and stations crews on April 26, 2010 Samokutiaev was qualified as a cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC detachment.
Based on data of site www.astronaut.ru