Sergey Volkov (cosmonaut)

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Sergey Volkov
Sergei A. Volkov.jpg
RKA Cosmonaut
Native name
Сергей Александрович Волков
Nationality  Russia
Status Active
Born (1973-04-01) April 1, 1973 (age 43)
Chuhuiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Other occupation
Fighter pilot
Rank Lt. Col. Russian Air Force
Time in space
547 days 22 hours 21 minutes
Selection 1997 TsPK Cosmonaut Group
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
23 hours and 20 minutes
Missions Soyuz TMA-12 (Expedition 17), Soyuz TMA-02M (Expedition 28/29), Soyuz TMA-18M (Expedition 45/46)
Mission insignia
Soyuz TMA-12 Patch.png ISS Expedition 17 patch.png Soyuz-TMA-02M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 28 Patch.png ISS Expedition 29 Patch.png Soyuz-TMA-18M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 45 Patch.png ISS Expedition 46 Patch.png
Awards Hero of the Russian Federation medal.png

Sergey Aleksandrovich Volkov (Russian: Сергей Александрович Волков; born April 1, 1973, in Chuhuiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Russian cosmonaut and engineer. He was a member of two missions to the International Space Station, spending more than a year in total in space. During his missions he did four spacewalks lasting more than 23 hours in total.[1]


Volkov is the first second-generation cosmonaut (and space walker), the son of cosmonaut Aleksandr Volkov. He was born on April 1, 1973 in Chuguyev, Kharkov Region, Ukraine. Volkov and his wife Natalia have a son who was born in 2001. His recreational activities include tennis, windsurfing, reading, and visiting museums.


Volkov graduated from Star City high school in 1990 and entered the Tambov Air Force Academy for Pilots. He graduated in 1995 with a degree of pilot/engineer.


Volkov was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation medal and Russian Federation Armed Forces medals.


After graduating from Tambov Air Force Academy, Volkov served in the air force as an assistant aircraft commander. He has mastered the Aero L-29 and L-39, the Ilyushin Il-22, and the Tupolev Tu-134, and has also accumulated 450 flight hours. He is a Class 3 military pilot.

Cosmonaut career[edit]

Sergei Volkov in the Zarya module of the ISS

From December 1997 to November 1999, Volkov underwent general cosmonaut training, and in November 1999, was qualified as a test cosmonaut. Since January 2000, he has been part of a group of test cosmonauts training for missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

From August 2001 to February 2003, Volkov trained as part of the Expedition 7 backup crew as a Soyuz-TMA Commander and ISS Flight Engineer. From March 2003 to December 2004, he trained as part of the Expedition 11 primary crew for launch on the Space Shuttle. From January 2005 to February 2006, he trained as part of a group of test cosmonauts for missions to the ISS. In February 2006, he was appointed as a member of the Expedition 13 backup crew and Visiting Crew 10 as a Soyuz TMA Flight Engineer 2 and an ISS Visiting Crew Flight Engineer.

Expedition 17[edit]

In June 2006, he was appointed a member of the Expedition 17 prime crew as Soyuz TMA Commander and ISS Commander. The Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft carrying Volkov along with fellow cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and South Korean spaceflight participant Yi So-Yeon blasted into space on April 8, 2008. Volkov served as the commander of the ISS expedition 17. He is the youngest ISS commander to date. His mission lasted from April to October 2008.

Volkov, Kononeko and space tourist Richard Garriott,[2] the son of astronaut Owen K. Garriott returned to Earth aboard Soyuz TMA-12 on October 24, 2008. Garriott is the first second-generation American space explorer. The spacecraft landed at 03:36 GMT 55 miles north of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan.[3][4] Later they were lifted to the Kazakhstan Baikonur Cosmodrome by helicopter and then flown to Zvezdny Gorodok (Star City) in Moscow.

Expedition 28/29[edit]

On June 7, 2011 (UTC), Volkov returned to space aboard Soyuz TMA-02M to join the crew of Expedition 28.[5]


On July 15, 2008, Volkov participates in his second spacewalk.

Volkov conducted his first spacewalk on July 10, 2008 when he ventured into space from the Pirs docking compartment airlock of the ISS.[6] He and cosmonaut Kononenko inspected their Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft and retrieved a pyro bolt from it. The spacewalk lasted 6 hours and 18 minutes and Volkov served as the lead spacewalker.

On July 15, 2008 Volkov together with Kononenko again went outside from Pirs to conduct a spacewalk.[7] The two spacewalking cosmonauts installed one experiment and retrieved another. They also continued to outfit the station's exterior, including the installation of a docking target on the Zvezda service module. The spacewalk was in Russian Orlan suits and Volkov, as the lead spacewalker wore the suit with red stripes. This spacewalk lasted 5 hours and 54 minutes.

Russian EVA #28[edit]

Volkov attired in a Russian Orlan spacesuit, participates in Russian EVA # 28 on August 3, 2011

On August 3, 2011 Volkov participated in his third spacewalk. He and cosmonaut Aleksandr Samokutyayev worked for six hours and 23 minutes performing a variety of tasks for both science and maintenance outside the Russian segment of the ISS. Outside the Zvezda service module, Volkov and Samokutyayev installed laser communications equipment. They also, photographed an antenna with signs of degraded performance.[8] After ground controllers took time to work on an antenna problem, the two cosmonauts also deployed a small satellite named Radioskaf-V which was originally planned for deployment at the beginning of the spacewalk. The satellite contained an amateur radio transmitter and a student experiment. The primary task of the spacewalk the relocation of the Strela 1 boom from the Pirs module to the Poisk module, had to be called off due to time constraints. The cosmonauts removed an antenna that helped guide the Poisk module to a docking in November 2009 and was returned to the ISS at the end of the spacewalk. They also successfully installed the materials science experiment – BIORISK on a handrail outside the Pirs module. BIORISK experiment studies the effect of microbes on spacecraft structures and whether solar activity affects microbial growth. Finally, Volkov and Samokutyayev took more photographs holding photos of the first cosmonaut Yury Gagarin, spacecraft designer Sergei Korolyov and Soviet astronautic theory pioneer Konstantin Tsiolkovsky with Earth in the background before entering the Pirs module, closing the hatch and completing the Russian EVA #28.[9]

Lawsuit with Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center[edit]

In February 2012, the Russian Government excluded Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center from the list of organizations served by military officers. All military personnel serving as cosmonauts were forced to retire from military service and become civilian specialists at significantly lower rates of pay (the premium for military officers working as cosmonauts was between 55% and 120% of their nominal salaries). Sergey Volkov successfully sued Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, winning back 1,382,000 Russian roubles (approximately $40,000) in lost pay.[1]

Expedition 46/47[edit]

Volkov launched for his third trip to the ISS on Soyuz TMA-18M alongside Visiting Crew Members Andreas Mogensen and Aidyn Aimbetov on the 2nd September 2015. They docked to the Poisk Module 2 Days Later on the 4th September. Mogensen and Aimbetov landed on Soyuz TMA-16M while Volkov remained onboard until March 2016 when he landed with Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko who had both spent a Year on the Station


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ a b "Космонавт Волков отсудил 1,3 миллиона рублей зарплаты". 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Mark Carreau (2008). "$30 million buys Austin resident a ride on Soyuz mission". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved October 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Soyuz space capsule lands safely". October 24, 2008. Retrieved May 12, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Soyuz capsule safely lands in Kazakhstan". RIA NOVOSTI. October 24, 2008. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Expedition 28". NASA. Retrieved 7 June 2011. 
  6. ^ NASA (July 10, 2008). "Russian Spacewalkers Retrieve Soyuz Pyro Bolt". Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ NASA (July 15, 2008). "Russian Spacewalkers Outfit Station's Exterior". Retrieved June 3, 2010. 
  8. ^ NASA (2011-08-04). "Cosmonauts Wrap Up Spacewalk". NASA. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  9. ^ "Russian Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk Outside the ISS". RIA NOVOSTI. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 

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Preceded by
Peggy Whitson
ISS Expedition Commander
17 April 2008 to 24 October 2008
Succeeded by
Michael Fincke