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NOVITSKIY Oleg Victorovich
AF Colonel, retired
Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH:
October 12, 1971, Cherven, Minsk region, Byelorussian SSR.
In 1994 he graduated from Kachinsk Higher Military Pilot School and was qualified as a pilot engineer; from October 1994 to September 1995 he passed retraining at Borisoglebsk Flight Personnel raining Center; in 2006 he graduated from the Command Department of Yu.A. Gagarin Air-Force Academy.
FAMILY STATUS: married.
They have a daughter.
AWARDS AND RANKS:
Pilot-Cosmonaut of the Russian Federation, Hero of the Russian Federation.
Decorated with Gold Star Medal of Hero of the Russian Federation (2014), Medal of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation, namely Military Campaign Medal, For Combat Heroism Class II, Distinguished Service Medal Classes I, II, III, Air Forces Service Medal and also watch For Personal Courage. He is a veteran of combat operations.
From October 1994 to September 2004 he served as a pilot, a master pilot, deputy commander of the air squadron of assault aviation regiment (AAR) of the 4-th Air Army and 4-th AF and ADF Army, North-Caucasian MD.
Upon graduation from the Academy in 2006 he served as commander of AAR air squadron of the 4-th AF and ADF Army.
On October 2006 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee for the cosmonaut selection he was recommended to be appointed to a post of a candidate for cosmonauts of CTC detachment.
On February 26, 2007 he began to pas a two-year course of general space training.
On June 22-28, 2008 in Sevastopol (the Ukraine) he took part in trainings within the preliminary crew together with Sergeei Revin and Elena Serova in case of the descent module landing to water.
On June 2, 2009 Novitskiy completed general space training having passed the state examinations at CTC with an excellent mark. On June 9 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Qualification Committee he was qualified as a test cosmonaut and cosmonaut certificate No. 201 was granted to him.
By Order of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII Head, dated August 1, 2009 he was assigned to a post of CTC detachment test cosmonaut.
In October 2009 at the Baikonur cosmodrome Novitskiy took part in trainings in miniresearch module Poisk (MRM2).
Since January 2010 he was on a mission in the U.S.A. as CTC representative at Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.
At the meeting of the Interdepartmental Committee for selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the manned vehicles and stations crews on April 26, 2010 he was certified as a cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin CTC NII detachment.
In the flight plan for the ISS crews till 2013, which was issued by NASA on June 2, 2010 there was information that Novitskiy was in the backup crew of ISS-31/32 instead of Roman Romanenko. On July 8, 2010 his assignment was officially confirmed by NASA in release 10-161. On October 12, 2010 his assignment to the backup crew of ISS-31/32 was confirmed by the Interdepartmental Committee for selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the crews of the manned vehicles.
On July 15-17, 2010 in Kazakhstan he took part within the preliminary crew together with Elena Serova and Sergei Ryzhikov in trainings for survival in desert and semi-desert.
On August 2-5, 2010 he participated in trainings for visual-instrumental observations from board the pane within Severomorsk, Murmansk region, during which the object observation tasks as well as the ecological monitoring tasks were performed.
In January 2011 he took part in trainings within the preliminary crew together with Sergei Kud'-Sverchkov and Kevin Ford for survival in the forest near Moscow.
On March 2, 2012 Oleg Novitsky together with Evgeniy Tarelkin at the Cosmonaut Training Center successfully passed an eight-hour test training on the simulator of the International Space Station Russian Segment (ISS RS).
On April 23, 2012 at the Cosmonaut Training Center he together with Evgeniy Tarelkin and Kevin Ford passed the examination training on the Soyuz TMA vehicle simulator and on April 24, 2012 he passed a preflight examination training on the ISS RS.
On April 25, 2012 at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC Novitsky was approved as commander of the Soyuz TMA-04 MTV backup crew. On May 14, 2012 at the meeting of the State Commission at the Baikonur Cosmodrome he was approved as commander of the Soyuz TMA-04 MTV backup crew.
On May 15, 2012 during the Soyuz TMA-04M MTV launch Novitsky was a backup of the crew commander.
Since May 2012 he passed training in the prime crew of ISS-33/34 as the ISS flight engineer and the Soyuz TMA-06M commander together with Evgeny Tarelkin and Kevin Ford.
He performed his first space flight at a period of October 23, 2012 to March 16, 2013 as the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft commander under the ISS-33/34 Program together with Evgeny Tarelkin and Kevin Ford.
The mission duration was 143 days 16 hr 14 min.
Shortly after landing on March 16, 2013 he together with Evgeny Tarelkin took part in the experiment on testing the manual controlled deorbit to the Mars surface using centrifuge ÖÔ-18 by which g-loads during the descent in the actual space flight mode were simulated. The test verified the cosmonaut capability to descent to the Mars surface after a long-term space flight.
At the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission which was held on December 16, 2014 for selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the crews of the manned spacecraft and stations his assignment to the backup crew of a long-term ISS-48/49 Expedition and the prime crew of a long-term ISS 50/51 Expedition was confirmed.
On August 6, 2015 his assignment to the crew of the ISS 50/51 Expedition was confirmed by NASA press release 15-161.
On February 11, 2016 he together with Thomas Pesquet and Peggy Whitson passed training for actions in case of emergency landing in the wooded-marshy area in winter.
On May 11, 2016 at the meeting of State Medical Board (SMB) at Yu.A. Gagarin CTC Oleg Novitskiy was recognized fit by health status to perform a space flight.
On May 26, 2016, at the Cosmonaut Training Center, together with Thomas Pesquet and Peggy Whitson, he passed an examination training session in a simulator of Soyuz MS spacecraft. On May 27, 2016 the crew passed the pre-flight examination training session on the ISS Russian Segment.
July 6, 2016. At a meeting of the State Commission for conducting flight testing of manned space systems at Baikonur cosmodrome, approved him as the commander of the backup crew of Soyuz MS.
On July 7, 2016 during the launch of Soyuz MS he was the commander of the backup crew.
Based on data of sites www.astronaut.ru and www.gctc.ru.