Aleksey Ovchinin

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Aleksey Nikolayevich Ovchinin
Aleksey Ovchinin.jpg
Born (1971-09-28) 28 September 1971 (age 47)
Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russian SFSR
Other occupation
Time in space
172 days 4 hours 7 minutes
Selection2006 TsPK-14 Cosmonaut Group
MissionsSoyuz TMA-20M (Expedition 47/48), Soyuz MS-10 (Expedition 57/58)
Mission insignia
Soyuz-TMA-20M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 47 Patch.svg ISS Expedition 48 Patch.png
Soyuz-MS-10-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 57 Patch.png ISS Expedition 58 Patch.png

Aleksey Nikolayevich Ovchinin (Russian: Алексей Николаевич Овчинин, Russian pronunciation: [ɐlʲɪkˈsʲej nʲɪkɐˈlaɪvʲɪtɕ ɐfˈt͡ɕinʲɪn][1]) born 28 September 1971 in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russian SFSR is a Russian Air Force Major and cosmonaut, who was selected in 2006.[2] Ovchinin made his first spaceflight in 2016, and was assigned as Commander of Soyuz MS-10 in 2018.

Early life[edit]

He graduated from high school No. 2 in the city of Rybinsk.

From August 1988 to September 1990 he was a cadet of Borisoglebsk Higher Military Pilot School and, from September 1990 to August 1992, a student of the Yeisk Higher Military Pilot School where he qualified as a pilot-engineer.

From August 1992 to February 1998 he served as a pilot instructor in the Training Aviation Regiment (TAR) at Yeisk Higher Military Pilot School. From February 1998 to September 2003 he was a pilot instructor, then commander of the aviation section of Krasnodar Military Aviation Institute (MAI) in Kotelnikovo (Volgograd region). From September 2003, until his enrollment as a cosmonaut, he served as a commander of an aviation unit of the 70th Separate Test Training Aviation Regiment of Special Purpose (OITAPON). He has over 1300 hours flying time in Yak-52 and L-39 aircraft. Ovchinin is qualified as a Pilot Instructor Second Class.

By order of the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation in 2012 he was dismissed from the Armed Forces into reserve.

Cosmonaut career[edit]

On October 11, 2006 – at the meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for the selection of cosmonauts – he was recommended as a cosmonaut candidate at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.[3]

From 16 to 22 June 2008 in Sevastopol (Ukraine) he participated in descent vehicle training along with Robert Thirsk (Canada) and Richard Garriott (USA). The training was specifically for landing on water.

On June 9, 2009 he qualified as a "test cosmonaut" and was presented with Cosmonaut Certificate No. 205. On August 1, 2009 he was appointed as a test cosmonaut of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. In October 2009, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, he participated in training in the Mini Research Module (MRM). In April 26, 2010 he was certified as a cosmonaut of the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center NII FGBU detachment. In September 2013, he took part in the CAVES (Cooperative Adventure from Valuing and Exercising human behaviour and performance Skills) mission[4] in the Sa Grutta caves on the island of Sardinia (Italy).[5] During the mission, five astronauts and cosmonauts (Michael Barratt, Jack Fisher, Jeremy Hansen, Paolo Nespoli and Satoshi Furukawa) from different space agencies worked in a multicultural and multi-ethnic team in extreme conditions underground.[6]

He trained as a part of the backup crew for Soyuz TMA-16M, the launch of which took place on 27 March 2015. In the autumn of 2015, Ovchinin and cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka tasted 160 culinary dishes, designed for astronauts on board the ISS, over an 8-day period. Food was evaluated on a 9-point scale.

Expedition 47/48[edit]

Ovchinin with Expedition 47 crewmate Tim Peake

Ovchinin launched to space on his first flight as the commander of Soyuz TMA-20M which launched on March 18, 2016 21:26 UTC, to join the International Space Station as part of Expedition 47/48.[7] He returned to Earth with his crew mates on September 7, 2016 after 172 days on orbit.

Expedition 57 (aborted)[edit]

On October 11, 2018, Ovchinin and Nick Hague boarded Soyuz MS-10 on the way to the International Space Station to join Expedition 57, but the launch was aborted mid-flight due to a booster failure; the crew landed safely after a ballistic descent.[8][9] During his MS-10 flight, the Soyuz spacecraft aborted at an altitude of around 50 kilometers (31 miles) and reached an apogee of 93 km (58 mi), just short of the Kármán line, before landing 19 minutes and 41 seconds after launch.[10]

Expedition 59/60[edit]

Ovchinin is scheduled to launch again to the ISS on Soyuz MS-12 on 28 February 2019, along with American astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch. The trio will join the Expedition 59 crew, along with Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers David Saint-Jacques and Anne McClain. After the departure of Kononenko, Saint-Jacques and McClain in July 2019, Ovchinin will take command of the station for Expedition 60.[11]

Ovchinin may possibly stay on ISS for a whole year, in part to enable the first astronaut from the United Arab Emirates (either Hazza Al Mansouri or Sultan Al Niadi) to fly on Soyuz MS-15.[12]

Family life[edit]

He has a wife, Svetlana, and a daughter, Yana (born 2007). His hobbies include hunting, fishing and music.


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  2. ^ "OVCHININ Alexey Nikolaevich". S.P. Korolev RSC "Energia". Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  3. ^ "squad CPC VVS.14 second set". Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  4. ^ "What is CAVES?". ESA. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Again astronauts descended into the cave". Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Meet the cavenauts". ESA. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  7. ^ "NASA Television to Air Launch of Next Record-Breaking U.S. Astronaut". NASA. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  8. ^ Dent, Steve (11 October 2018). "Soyuz astronauts safe after failure forced an emergency landing". Engadget. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Family, world watches as rocket carrying Kansas astronaut fails". The Wichita Eagle. October 11, 2018. Archived from the original on October 12, 2018.
  10. ^ Burghardt, Thomas (18 October 2018). "NASA and Roscosmos trying to avoid an empty Space Station –". Retrieved 19 October 2018.
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  12. ^ "Интерфакс-Агентство Военных Новостей". (in Russian). Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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