Cosmonaut Biography: Fyodor Yurchikhin

Cosmonaut Biography: Fyodor Yurchikhin
Veteran Russian spaceflyer Fyodor Yurchikhin poses for a cosmonaut portrait. (Image credit: NASA.)

NAME: FyodorNikolayevich Yurchikhin (Ph.D)
RSC Energia Test-Cosmonaut

PERSONAL DATA: Born January 3, 1959, in Batumi,Autonomous Republic of Ajara in Georgia. Married to Larisa AnatolievnaYurshikina, born in Shyolkovo, Moscow region. They have two daughters.

His father, Nikolai Fyodorovich Yurchikhin, andmother, Mikrula Sofoklevna Yurchikhina, reside in Sindos, Greece. He also has abrother, 2 years younger. Hobbies include collecting stamps and space logos,sports, history of cosmonautics, and promotion of space. He also enjoys readinghistory, science fiction and the classics.

EDUCATION: After graduation from high schoolin Batumi in 1976, he entered the Moscow Aviation Institute named after SergeyOrdzhonikidze. He finished studying in 1983, and is qualified as a mechanicalengineer, specializing in airspace vehicles. In 2001, he graduated from theMoscow Service State University with a Ph.D. in economics.

EXPERIENCE: Since graduating from the S.Ordzhonikidze Moscow Aviation Institute in 1983, Yurchikhin has worked at theRussian Space Corporation Energia. He began working as a controller in theRussian Mission Control Center, and held the positions of engineer, seniorengineer, and lead engineer, eventually becoming a lead engineer for Shuttle-Mirand NASA-Mir Programs.

In August 1997, he was enrolled in the RSC Energiacosmonaut detachment as a cosmonaut-candidate.

From January 1998 to November 1999, he completed hisbasic training course. In November 1999, he was qualified as a test cosmonaut.In January 2000, he started training in the test-cosmonaut group for the ISSprogram.

In October 2002, FyodorYurchikhin flew aboard STS-112. In completing his first space flight he haslogged a total of 10 days, 19 hours, and 58 minutes in space.

Fyodor Yurchikhin is assigned to command the Expedition-15mission to the InternationalSpace Station, arriving at the complex aboard a Soyuz spacecraft scheduledto launch in April 2007, for a six month tour of duty aboard the Station.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-112Atlantis (October 7-18, 2002) launched from and returned to land at theKennedy Space Center, Florida. STS-112 was an International SpaceStation assembly mission during which the crew conductedjoint operations with the Expedition-5by delivering and installing the S-One Truss(the third piece of the station's 11-piece Integrated Truss Structure).

Three spacewalks were required to outfit and activatethe new component. The crew also transferred cargo between the two vehicles andused the shuttle's thruster jets during two maneuvers to raise the station'sorbit. STS-112 was the first shuttle mission to use a camera on the ExternalTank, providing a live view of the launch to flight controllers and NASA TVviewers. The STS-112 mission was accomplished in 170 orbits, traveling 4.5million miles in 10 days, 19 hours, and 58 minutes.

Last updated: November 2006

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