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KOTOV Oleg Valerievich

Colonel of the Russian Federation Air Forces
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation
Test Cosmonaut-Instructor First Class
Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII Detachment, Russia

October 27, 1965, Simferopol, the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (the Ukraine).
Farther: Valery Ephimovich Kotov, born in 1939, a colonel, served in the staff of the Defence Ministry.
Mother: Elena Ivanovna Kotova, born in 1941, head of department of Gidrospetsfundamentstroy trust.

On July 8, 1988 he graduated from the physician training faculty (for the Air Forces) of the Kirov Military Medical Academy with a diploma of military physician and specialization: Treatment-and Prophylactic Science.
From November 1988 to December 1990 he passed a course of training at the General Military Research Air Hospital (GMRAH) where he studied procedures of the flight personnel examination in the altitude chamber and was admitted to independent work with altitude chamber K-80 to provide the altitude training of cosmonauts.
In 1992 he graduated from Moscow Institute of Industrial Property and Innovations with specialization: Patenting.
In 1996-1998 he studied and graduated from Kachinsk Military Pilot College as an external student; he passed specialized training as an engineer pilot.

Wife: Svetlana Nikolaevna Kotova (Buniakina), born in 1967.
Daughter: Valeria Olegovna Kotova, born in 1994.
Son: Dmitry Olegovich Kotov, born in 2002.

Hero of the Russian Federation. Decorated with the following Orders: For Services to the Fatherland Fourth Class and For Services in the Air Forces, Gold Star Medal of the Hero of the Russian Federation, RF Air Forces Medal for Military Heroism First and Second Classes, For Distinction in Military Service First, Second and Third Classes. Has badge 50 Years of the First Man Flight into Space.

HOBBY: swimming, computers.

From August 5, 1982 he was a student of Kirov Military Medical Academy.
From July 8, 1988 he was an assistant leading physician of the Cosmonaut Training Center Direction 3. He provided training for individual tolerance of different degrees of the atmosphere rarefaction, trained crews for the Mir Orbital Complex.
From March 17, 1993 to the enlistment in the cosmonaut corps. he was the leading test physician-senior research worker of the Cosmonaut Training Center (NII 1). He worked as an instructor in biomedical training of the Mir Orbital Complex crews, was a physician of PC-20 crew.
On February 9, 1996 he was recommended for enlistment in the CTC cosmonaut corps by decision of the State Interdepartmental Committee.
On June 7, 1996 he was enlisted as a candidate for research cosmonauts of Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center by Order of the Air Commander-in Chief.
From June 3, 1996 to March 18, 1998 he passed a course of general space training and on March 20, 1998 by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee (IDQC) he was qualified as a research cosmonaut.
From May to July 1998 he passed training as a research cosmonaut of the backup crew under PC-26 program for a spaceflight onboard the Soyuz TM TSC and Mir Orbital Complex, together with S. Zaletin and A. Kaleri.
On August 13, 1998 he was a backup of the Soyuz TM-28 TSC research cosmonaut Yu. Baturin.
Since October 1998 he passes training within the test cosmonaut group for flights onboard the ISS.
From March to October 1999 he was a co-ordinator of the Cosmonaut Training Center at NASA.
On December 1, 1999 by decision of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.
From October 2002 to Mach 2003 he passed training within the VC-5 backup crew together with P. Vinogradov as the Soyuz TMA TSC commander.
From February 2004 to October 2005 he passed training within the ISS-13 backup crew as the ISS flight engineer and the Soyuz TMA TSC commander.
Since January 2006 he passes training within the ISS-15 prime crew as the Soyuz TMA TSC commander and the ISS flight engineer.
From May 26 to June 2, 2006 in Sevastopol (the Ukraine) he passed training in activities in case of off-nominal water landing of the descent module within the preliminary crew together with Fedor Yurchikhin and Anousheh Ansari (USA).

He performed his first space flight from April 7 to October 21, 2007 as the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft commander and the ISS flight engineer under the program of Expedition-15 (prime crew) together with Fedor Yurchikhin and Charles Simonyi. During the flight he performed two spacewalks of the duration of 5 hr 25 min on May 30, 2007 and 5 hr 38 min on June 06, 2007.
The total mission duration was 196 days 17 hr 4 min 58 s.

In July 2008 it was reported that he was assigned to the prime crew for Expedition-22 to the ISS. On September 21, 2008 his assignment was confirmed in the ISS flight plan published by Roscosmos press-service.
On November 21, 2008 his assignment was officially confirmed by NASA (press-release 08-306) when the ISS-20-ISS-26 crew members were declared.
In October 2009 at the Baikonur cosmodrome he took part in training in Mini-Research Module (MRM2).
On December 19, 2009 by decision of the Interdepartmental Commission he was approved as the Soyuz TMA-17 vehicle commander, the ISS-22 crew flight engineer and the ISS-23 crew commander.

Kotov performed his second flight at a period of December 21, 2009 - June 2, 2010 as commander of the Soyuz TMA-17 vehicle, the ISS-22 flight engineer, the ISS-23 commander together with Timothy Creamer and Soichi Noguchi. During the flight he performed one EVA of the duration of 05 hr 44 min on January 14, 2010. The mission duration was 163 days 5 hr 32 min.
At the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the crews of the manned vehicles and stations on April 26, 2010 Kotov was certified as a cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC detachment.
On January 28, 2011 it was reported that he was assigned to the prime crew of the ISS 37/38 Expedition; Kotov was assigned commander of the ISS-38 Expedition.
On February 18, 2011 his assignment was confirmed in ESA press release No.08-2011.
In January 2012 he was assigned a Co-Chairman of the Competitive Commission for selection of candidates for cosmonauts in 2012.

On March 1, 4 and 6, 2013 Oleg Kotov together with Sergei Riazansky and Michael Hopkins successfully passed the preflight examination training at the Cosmonaut Training Center on the ISS Russian Segment and the Soyuz TMA-M simulator, in this case the crew passed the examination under the program for the ISS four-orbit rendezvous scheme.

On March 29, 2013 during the Soyuz TMA-08M MTV launch Kotov was a backup of the vehicle commander.

August 2013.
Materials provided by CTC after Yu.A. Gagarin
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ISS Crew

Shannon Walker WALKER

leg Novitskiy Novitskiy

Petr Dubrov Dubrov

Mark Vande Hei Vande Hei

Michael Hopkins Hopkins

Victor Glover Glover

Soichi Noguchi Noguchi