Sergei Valerievich KOSTENKO
Space Flight Participant, Russia
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: April 20, 1963,
In 1980 he graduated from Secondary School ¹ 170 in
Moscow. In June 1985 he graduated from Moscow Oil and Gas
Institute after Gubkin, specially: mechanical engineer.
FAMILY STATUS: Married, has a son, born in 1991.
From 1992 to 1993 he held a post of General Director of
the Ritm company, the tobacco products manufacturer.
From 1996 to 1998 he was General Director of Russian company
Latrek. He was responsible for deliveries of different
coffee grades, tobacco products, the sales promotion of
the Disnei company.
From 1998 to 2000 he was Director of Russian company Kosmopolis.
Since April 2000 he is the Head of the Space Adventures
Company Office in Russia and also a member of the Board
of the Company Directors and bears responsibility for implementation
of programs proposed by the Space Adventures Company in
the Russian territory.
In April 2004 he began to pass a medical examination at
the Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) and got a
permit to special training as a backup of Gregory Olsen,
3-rd space tourist.
On April 14, 2004 he began preliminary theoretical training
at Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center as a member
of the Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft backup crew the launch of
which was planned to be performed in October 2004. In this
case his appointment to crew-1 could take place only if
the major candidate was removed from training in the final
In connection with the fact that during the physical training
medical men stated that Gregory Olsen was unfit for a space
flight (g-loads) he was kept out of training; in June 2004
Sergei Kostenko also suspended training.
In spring 2005 he passed a medical examination again and
got a permit of State Medical Board (SMB) to special training.
He is a backup of Gregory Olsen who got the SMB permit
on May 4, 2005.
On May 16, 2005 be began training at Yu.A. Gagarin
Cosmonaut Training Center in the backup crew under the
ISS-9 program (Russian visiting crew – 9) as the space
Based on the data presented by Yu.A. Gagarin
CTC and sites www.astronaut.ru and www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru.