Samokutyayev, Aleksandr Mikhailovich
Status: Inactive; Active 2003-2017. Born: 1970-03-13. Spaceflights: 2 . Total time in space: 331.47 days. Birth Place: Penza.
Chernigov Air Force School, 1992. Gagarin Air Force Academy, 2000. Lieutenant Colonel in the Russian Air Force when selected for cosmonaut training, with training at several military schools and service in the Far East Cosmonaut from 2003-05-29 . Cosmonaut training from 16 June 2003 - 27 June 2005.
Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:SAMOKUTYAEV ALEXANDER MIKHAILOVICH
(LIEUTENANT-COLONEL, RUSSIAN AIR FORCE)
TEST-COSMONAUT OF YU.A. GAGARIN COSMONAUT TRAINING CENTER
PERSONAL DATA: Born March 13, 1970, in Penza, Russia. Married to Samokutyaeva (nee Zosimova) Oksana Nikolaevna. They have one daughter, Anastasia, born in 1995. His parents, Maikhail Nikolaevich and Maria Alexandrovna Samokutyaev, reside in Penza. Hobbies include ice hockey, traveling
EDUCATION: Graduated from the Chernigov Air Force Pilot School as pilot-engineer in 1992, and in 2000 from the Gagarin Air Force Academy.
AWARDS: Recipient of various Russian Armed Force medals.
EXPERIENCE: Samokutyaev flew Vilga-35A,-L-13 Blanik, L-39, SU-24? aircraft as pilot, senior pilot and deputy commander of air squadron. Samokutyaev has logged 680 hours of flight time and performed 250 parachute jumps. He is a Class 3 Air Force pilot and a qualified diver. After graduation from the Academy he was appointed as GCTC 2nd division department chief.
SPACE FLIGHT TRAINING: Samokutyaev was selected as a GCTC cosmonaut-candidate in 2003. From June 2003 to June 2005 he completed basic spaceflight training and passed the exams with excellent grades. In July, 2005 Samokutyaev received the qualification of a test-cosmonaut. Starting August 2005 till November 2008 he was in ISS advanced training. Since December 2008 he has trained as an ISS 23/24 backup crewmember - Soyuz commander, ISS 23/24 flight engineer.
ISS EO-23. The crew first attempted to depart the ISS on 24 September. However the latches between the Soyuz and the station failed to release. Return to earth the next day was successful, with undocking at 02:03 GMT; deorbit burn at 04:31 GMT; and landing in Kazakhstan at 05:23 GMT.
ISS EO-27 crew. The Soyuz docked at the Poisk module of the ISS at 23:09 GMT on 6 April, and undocked at 00:38 GMT on 16 September 2011, eight days later than planned due to the Progress M-11M launch failure. A dropout of communications after the reentry burn caused concern, but the crew landed safely in Kazakhstan at 03:59 GMT.
Cosmonauts Volkov and Samokutyaev, in Orlan suits, entered space from the Pirs module. They deployed the RadioSkaf-V amateur radio satellite and installed the BTLS-N lasercom terminal on the Zvezda module and the Biorisk-MSN exposure package outside the Pirs module.
The third planned rendezvous burn at 23:48 GMT was cancelled due to a software problem, leaving the spacecraft in a 297 x 333 km x 51.7 deg orbit. Rendezvous with the ISS was rescheduled to 27 March. It maneuvered to a 414 x 425 km orbit on 26 March. Docking with the ISS at the Poisk module was at 23:53 GMT on 27 March. On September 10 at 23:01 GMT Skvortsov, Artemev and Swanson undocked from the Poisk module in Soyuz TMA-12M. The deorbit burn at 01:30 GMT September 11 was followed by module separation at 01:58, atmosphere entry at 02:01, and landing in Kazakhstan at 02:23.
Expedition 42 crew transported to the ISS (Samokutyaev, Wilmore and Serova). The port solar array failed to deploy after Soyuz separated from the launch vehicle third stage, but this did not impact the rendezvous. Soyuz TMA-14M docked with the Poisk module of the ISS at 02:11 GMT on September 26. Serova was the fourth Russian woman in space but the first since 1997. On March 11 2015 at 22:44 GMT Soyuz TMA-14M undocked from the Poisk module with the same crew aboard. It performed its deorbit burn at 01:16 GMT March 12 and landed in Kazakhstan at around 02:08 GMT.
Removed and jettisoned Radiometriya experiment from Zvezda Plane II, removed EXPOSE-R experiment protective cover, took surface samples from Pirs extravehicular hatch 2 window (TEST experiment), removed and jettisoned two KURS attennas from Poisk, photographed exterior of ISS Russian segment.