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Maxim Viktorovich SURAEV

RF Pilot - Cosmonaut,
Test - Cosmonaut,
Cosmonauts Team at FSBI "NII Yu.A. Gagarin CTC"

May 24, 1972, Chelyabinsk, RSFSR (Russia).
Father Viktor Grigoryevich Suraev, born in 27.07.1945, AF Colonel, retired.
Mother Varvara Vasilyevna Suraeva (Boldinova), born in 18.12.1948.

In 1994 he graduated from Kachinsk Higher Military Aviation School for Pilots after A.F. Myasnikov specializing in the field of Command Tactical Fighter Aviation, got a diploma of an officer with higher special military education of a pilot engineer.
In June 1997 he graduated from Military Air Force Engineering Academy after Professor N.Y. Zhukovskiy specializing in the field of Aeronautical Engineering and Armament Studies, Tests and Application.
In 2007 graduated from the Russian Academy of State Service at the Russian Federation President specializing in Law.

Wife: Anna Alexandrovna Suraeva (Kharokhordina), born in 22.01.1976. They have two daughters.

Hero of the Russian Federation (2010); Pilot Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation (2010).
Awarded the following medals: the Gold Star Medal of the FR Hero (2010); the medal for the Distinction in Military Service First Class, Second Class, Third Class; the medal for Military Valour, Second Class; the medal for the Military Air Forces Service; the medal for Space Exploration Services (2011); Moscow Region Governor's decoration For the Public Benefit (2013).
Honourary Citizen of Noginsk city, Moscow Region.

HOBBY: Sports, books. The first national cosmonaut who was maintaining his blog during the flight.

On June 24, 1997 (prior to SIMC (State Interdepartmental Military Commission) by Order of RF Ministry of Defense he was enlisted as a test cosmonaut candidate in CTC Cosmonaut Corps.
On July 28, 1997 by decision of SIMC he was recommended to be enlisted in CTC Cosmonaut Corps.
From January 16, 1998 to November 26, 1999 he had passed a course of general space training.
On December 1, 1999 the Interdepartmental Qualification Commission took decision to quality him as a test cosmonaut.
From January 5, 2000 he passed training as a member of the Cosmonaut Team under the ISS Flight Program.
In July 2004 he took part in survival trainings in extreme situations at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
In late July 2005 he became a member of the combined cosmonaut team designated as ISS-15/16/17 of which ISS-15, ISS-16 and ISS-17 Expedition crews were formed.
On August 15, 2005 he began to train as a member of this team at CTC.
Preliminarily he was expected to be included in the ISS-15 backup crew as the TSC commander and the ISS flight engineer.
From January 26 to 28 he participated as the preliminary crew commander together with Nicole Stott and Timothy Copra (both - the US citizens) in a two-day survival test in the deserted area in case of the descent vehicle emergency landing. The test took place in the forest near Moscow.
In May 2006 Roscosmos, CTC and RSC Energia took a preliminary decision to appoint him as the flight engineer of the ISS-17 backup crew and the ISS-19 prime crew.
On November 6, 2007 at the meeting of Roscosmos Interdepartmental Commission for selection of cosmonauts and assignment to the in crews of the manned spacecraft and he was approved as commander of the ISS-17 backup crew and backup of the Soyuz-TMA-12 TCS commander.
In August 2007 he was preliminarily assigned to the backup crew of Expedition 19 (ISS-19).
He passed training under the crew training program for the International Space Station Expedition-19.

In January 2008 it was reported that Suraev had been assigned to ISS-22 prime crew. On February 12, 2008 NASA officially announced that he had been ppointed to prime crew. However, as early as in July 2008 it was reported that he was appointed as the commander to the prime crew of Soyuz TM-16 and the crew member of the 21st Expedition to the ISS.
On March 21, 2008 at the meeting of Federal Space Agency board he was approved as the commander of the ISS backup crew and TMV Soyuz-TMA-12. On April 8, 2008 during launch of TMV Soyuz-TMA-12 he was backup commander of space vehicle.
On September 21, 2008 that appointment was confirmed in the ISS Mission Plan published by Roscosmos' press service. On November 21, 2008 his appointment was formally confirmed by NASA (press-release No 08-306) during announcement of ISS-20 - ISS crew composition.
On March 3-4, 2009 Suraev together with NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams passed preflight tests with an excellent mark received at Cosmonauts Training Center. Along with them, space tourist backup Esther Dyson received a high appraisal at the preflight tests.

On March 26, 2009 he was backup commander of TMV Soyuz TMA-14 during its launch.

Since August 1, 2009 he had been transferred from the disbanded team of CTC RGNII to CTC FSBI team by the Minister of Defense and the Head of CTC FSBI orders while continuing in the post of group commander within CTC FSBI cosmonauts team.
On September 7 - 8, 2009 Suraev together with NASA astronaut Jeffrey Wiliams passed preflight tests with an excellent mark received. Along with them, space tourist Guy Laliberte passed successfully preflight tests.
On September 10, 2009 the Interdepartmental Committee approved him as the commander of Soyuz TMA-16 space vehicle and ISS-21/22 crew member.

From September 30, 2009 till March 18, 2010 Suraev had performed his first space flight as the commander of Soyuz TMA-16 space vehicle and ISS-21/22 flight engineer together with Jeffrey Williams and Guy Laliberte (space flight participant). On January 14, 2010 he conducted extravehicular activity with duration of 5 h 44 min.
Length of flight was 169 days 4 hours 9 minutes 37 seconds.

On February 18, 2010 it was reported that he had been assigned to the prime crew of ISS-33/34 Expedition.
On April 26, 2010 he was certified in the capacity of cosmonaut from the team of FSBI Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee on cosmonauts selection and their appointment to crews of manned space vehicles and stations.
On June 2, 2010 NASA issued the ISS crew Mission Plan till 2013, in which it was reported that he had been excluded from ISS-33/34.
On December 5. 2010 it was reported that he was appointed to prime crew of ISS-36/37 Expedition and assigned to ISS-37 Expedition crew as the commander. At the same time, this crew (which also includes Luca Parmitano and Karen Nyberg) will act as backup crew for Soyuz TMA-07 space vehicle.
On February 18, 2011 NASA press release 11-044 confirmed that he had been appointed as the commander of Soyuz TMA-09M and the commander of ISS-37 Expedition crew.
On August 18, 2011 Suraev together with Luca Parmitano and Karen Nyberg included in the fifth preliminary crew took part in "seaborne" trainings at Training Center of Emergency Situations Ministry (Noginsk). Their crew conducted drills on shift of clothes in descent module (DM) and its escape, water landing, forming of a group when afloat, handling portable survival kit and interaction with search and rescue services.
On December 15, 2011 by the decision taken at the Interdepartmental Committee meeting he was excluded from the ISS-36/37 crew and Soyuz TMA-09M space vehicle and replaced by Fyodor Yurchikhin.
In February 2012 it was reported that he would be possibly appointed to the ISS-40/41 crew as the member and the commander of Soyuz TMA space vehicle.

In October 2013 at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII final preflight training of the ISS-38/39 crews began. Commander backup of the Soyuz TMA-11 MTV prime crew Maxim Suraev provided training on the Teleoperator simulator during which implementation of manual mode of telecontrol (from board the ISS) of rendezvous and docking of unmanned objects (such as Progress-M CTV, resupply modules) was tested.
On October 17, 2013 integrated examination training of the Soyuz TMA-11 MTV backup crew together with Reid Wiseman (NASA, USA) and Alexander Gerst (ESA, Germany) was provided on the ISS RS simulator with an excellent mark.
On October 18, 2013 the backup crew passed training on the Soyuz TMA simulator with an excellent mark. During this training the crew passed the examination in a "long-term" (50 hours, 34 orbits) and a "short-term" (6 hours, 4 orbits) rendezvous schemes of the vehicle and the Station.
On November 6, 2013 by decision of the State Commission for flight tests of the manned space complexes Suraev was approved as commander of the Soyuz TMA-11 MTV backup crew.
On November 7, 2013 at the Soyuz TMA-11 MTV launch he was a backup of the vehicle commander.

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