Aleksandr Aleksandrovich SKVORTSOV
Colonel of the Russian Federation Air Forces, Retired
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation
Test Cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: May 6th, 1966, the town of Schelkovo, Moscow Region, RSFSR (Russia).
His farther is Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Skvortsov, born in 1942, former student - cosmonaut of AF CTC, enrollment in 1965.
His mother is Nina Ivanovna Skvortsova (Zabelina), born in 1938, the Head of kindergarten.
EDUCATION: In 1983 he finished secondary school No 2 in the town of Morshansk, Tambov Region.
In 1987 he graduated from Stavropol Miitary Aviation School of pilots and navigators after Air Force Marshal V.A. Sudets acquiring a speciality "Command-Tactical Fighter Defense Aviation".
In 1997 he graduated from Aviation Faculty of the AAD Military Academy after G.K. Zhukov in Tver acquiring a speciality "Navigation, Operational-Tactical Fighter Defense Aviation".
MARITAL STATUS: married.
His wife is Yelena Grigorievna Skvortsova (Krasnikova), born in 1966, mechanical engineer.
His daughter is Anna Aleksandrovna Skvortsova, born in 1990.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
Hero of the Russian Federation. Decorated with the following medals: 70 Years of the USSR Air Forces, For Distinction in Military Service First, Second, Third Classes, For Irreproachable Service Third Class, For Military Heroism Second Class, Gold Medal of Hero. Has NASA medals such as Public Service Medal and Space Flight Medal.
HOBBY: Scuba-diving, football, hunting, fishing, hiking.
From November 17, 1987 he served as a pilot, from November 14, 1989 he served as a senior pilot and from August 4, 1993 he was appointed the Commander of Aviation Flight of 191st fighter air regiment, 7th AAD Corps, in the town of Yefremov, Tula Region. He mastered aircraft L-39, MiG-23UB, MiG-23M, MiG-23P. Total flying time is about 950 hours.
On June 20, 1997 (prior to State Interdepartmental Commission, on graduating from the Academy) by the RF Ministry of Defense Order he was enlisted as test-cosmonaut in the Cosmonauts Corps of CTC RGNII. On July 28, 1997 the State Interdepartmental Commission resolved that the should be recommended to be enrolled in the Cosmonauts Corps of CTC RGNII.
From January 16, 1998 till November 26, 1999 he had received general space training (GST). On December 1st, 1999 the State Interdepartmental Commission resolved that he should be given test-cosmonaut qualification.
From January 5, 2000 he got training under the ISS Mission Program as part of Cosmonauts Team.
In July 2004 he took part in survival trainings under extreme conditions at Baikonur cosmodrome.
In January 25-27, 2007 he took part in survival trainings in the forest near Moscow as the Commander of provisional crew together with Malaysian cosmonauts Sheikh Muzafar and Faiz ben Haled.
In August 2007 he was preliminarily assigned to backup crew of the ISS expedition 21.
In July 2008 it was reported that he had been assigned to Prime crew of ISS Expedition 24. On September 21, 2008 that assignment was confirmed in the ISS Mission Plan released by Roscosmos press service. On November 21, 2008 his assignment was officially confirmed by NASA in announcement of ISS-10-26 crew complements.
In April 2009 information was released that he had been assigned to prime crew of ISS Expedition 23.
By Orders of Defence Minister and Head of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII on August 1, 2009 Aleksandr Skvortsov was transferred from the dismantled detachment of CTC NII to Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII detachment. For a short time Aleksandr Skvortsov was the team commander of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII cosmonaut detachment.
On September 7-8, 2009 at the Cosmonaut Training Center Aleksandr Skvortsov together with NASA astronaut Shannon Walker passed the preflight examinations with an excellent mark.
On September 10, 2009 he was approved by the Interdepartmental Commission as commander of the backup crew of the Soyuz TMA-16 vehicle and the ISS-21/22 Expedition.
On September 30, 2009 during the Soyuz TMA-16 MTV launch Aleksandr Skvortsov was a backup of the vehicle commander.
On March 11-12, 2010 he together with Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson passed the preflight examinations with an excellent mark.
On April 1, 2009 he was approved by the Interdepartmental Commission as commander of the Soyuz TMA-18 vehicle, flight engineer of the 23-rd and commander of the 24-th prime crews of the ISS.
At the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission on April 26, 2010 he was certified as a cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII detachment.
He performed his first flight from April 2 to September 25, 2010 as commander of the Soyuz TMA-18 vehicle and flight engineer of the 23-rd and commander of the 24-th prime crews of the ISS together with Mihail Kornienko and Tracy Caldwell Dyson.
The mission duration was 176 days 1 hour 19 minutes.
On July 25, 2011 on the site of the News of Cosmonautics journal forum it was reported that Aleksandr Skvortsov was assigned to the prime crew of the ISS-39/40 Expedition.
Till September 2013 Aleksandr Skvotsov passed training as commander of ISS-37/38 back-up crew.
On September 2, 2013 Skvortsov as commander of ISS-37/38 back-up crew together with flight engineer-1 Oleg Artemiev and flight engineer-2 Steven Swanson passed the examination training on the Soyuz TMA-M simulator according to a four-orbit scheme of the vehicle rendezvous and docking with the ISS. On September 3 the back-up crew members took part in the integrated examination training according to a two-day rendezvous scheme on the Soyuz TMA-M simulator.
On September 26, 2013 during the Soyuz TMA-10M launch he was a back-up of the vehicle commander.
Based on data of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII and site www.astronaut.ru.