SHKAPLEROV Anton Nikolaevich
Colonel, RF Air Forces,
Test Cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: February 20, 1972, Sevastopol, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (the Ukraine).
From 1989 to 1992 he studied at Chernigov Higher Military Pilot School (HMPS).
In 1994 he graduated from Kachinsk Higher Military Pilot School with honours diploma.
In 1997 Shkaplerov graduated from Joukowski Military Air Engineering Academy with specialization: Research Engineer-Pilot.
Since 2006 he studied at the Russian Government Service Academy at the President of the Russian Federation specializing in jurisdiction.
Decorated with Distinguished Military Service Medals Third and Second Classes.
FAMILY STATUS: married, has two daughters.
From 1997 to 1998 he seved in combatant forces in Kaluga region.
Since 1998 he was a senior pilot-instructor of pilot group Sky Hussars of Aircraft Engineering Exhibition Center (AEEC), Air Forces, then - the Air Forces aviation regiment squadron commander, Kubinka, Moscow Region. He flies aircraft L-39 and MiG-29.
On May 29, 2003 by decision of the Interdepartmental Committee for the cosmonaut selection he was enlisted in the cosmonaut detachment to pass general space training (GST).
From June 16, 2003 to June 28, 2005 he passed a course of general space training and on July 5, 2005 by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.
In July 2008 it was reported that he was assigned to the backup crew of Expedition 22 to the ISS. On September 21, 2008 his assignment was confirmed in the ISS flight plan published by Roscosmos press-service.
In July 2009 it was reported that he was assigned to the backup crew of Expedition 27 and on a capability of his possible assignment to the prime crew of Expedition 29 to the ISS.
On October 7, 2009 his assignment was confirmed by NASA (release ¹ 09-233).
In November 2009 he passed a clinical & physiological examination and at the meeting of the Chief Medical Board on November 19 he was recognized as fit for a spaceflight. On December 19, 2009 by the Interdepartmental Commission Shkaplerov was approved as the backup crew commander of the Soyuz TMA-17 vehicle and a member of the ISS prime crews 22/23.
During the launch of Soyuz TMA-17 TV on December 21, 2009 he was a backup of the vehicle commander.
At a period of January 20 to February 2, 2010 Shkaplerov as a member of the preliminary crew together with Anatoliy Ivanishin and Daniel Burbank participated in a two-day training for survival in the deserted area in case of emergency landing of the descent vehicle. These trainings were provided in the forest near Moscow.
At the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for the selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the manned vehicles and station crews on April 26, 2010 he was qualified as a cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC detachment.
On March 4, 2011 at the Cosmonaut Training Center he together with Anatoliy Ivanishin and Daniel Burbank passed the examination training on the Soyuz TMA simulator. On March 5, 2011 the crew passed the preflight examination training on the ISS Russian Segment. The Commission of the Cosmonaut Training Center appreciated the crew operation during the integrated two-day training with an excellent mark.
On March 11, 2011 he was approved as commander of the Soyuz TMA-21 backup crew by the Interdepartmental Commission at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC and on April 4, 2011 at the meeting of the State Commission at the Baikonur cosmodrome he was approved as commander of the Soyuz TMA-21 backup crew.
During the launch of the Soyuz TMA-21 TV on April 4, 2011 Shkaplerov was a backup of the vehicle commander.
Based on data of site www.astronaut.ru