MAI Graduates Are Allowed to Work in Outer Space

21 January 2020

MAI alumni Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin, who are members of the ISS-63 mission’s main crew, successfully passed the test session on the Exit-2 simulator as part of pre-flight training in Star City. The launch of the Soyuz MS manned spacecraft is scheduled for April 9, 2020. A graduate of Moscow Aviation Institute in 2005, Nikolai Tikhonov, was appointed commander of the spaceship. 

During the training, the astronauts demonstrated excellent skills in managing the autonomous life support system of the Orlan-ISS spacesuit for working in outer space, as well as managing the means of locking and providing spacewalks from the docking module of the ISS Russian segment under simulated zero gravity conditions.

Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin completed operations to prepare spacesuits for extra-ship activity, completed a locking sequence, and also discovered and eliminated emergency situations in the work of a spacesuit and locking means. The astronauts worked out all emergency situations clearly, confidently, in accordance with the on-board instructions.

The readiness of the astronauts for independent work was checked by the specialists of Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center, Mission Control Center, S. P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (part of Roscosmos State Corporation) and Scientific-Production Enterprise "Zvezda". Assessing the work of Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babkin, the commission concluded that the crew did an excellent job and could be allowed to work in outer space.
Roscosmos State Corporation

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