[FPSPACE] three cosmonauts leave training (dismissed)

Peter Pesavento pjp961 at svol.net
Mon Apr 24 19:40:37 EDT 2017

Via TASS (in Moscow)




MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. The inter-departmental commission for the
selection of cosmonauts has made a decision to dismiss Sergei Volkov,
Alexander Samokutyayev and Sergei Revin from the cosmonauts' team, the press
office of the Cosmonaut Training Center reported on Monday.

Earlier, a TASS source in the aerospace sector said Volkov had submitted his
resignation, while two other cosmonauts were removed from flights for
medical reasons.

"The inter-departmental commission for the selection of cosmonauts and their
assignment to the crews of manned spacecraft and stations made a decision at
its April 21 session to recommend the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center to
relieve Sergei Volkov of the duties of a 1st class test-cosmonaut and
cosmonaut-instructor of the cosmonaut team, Alexander Samokutyayev of the
duties of a test-cosmonaut and cosmonaut-instructor and deputy commander of
the cosmonaut team and Sergei Revin of the duties of a 3rd class
test-cosmonaut of the cosmonaut group," the press office said in a statement
obtained by TASS.

Volkov has three space flights on his record with a total duration of 547
days. He made four space walks with a total duration of 23 hours and 26
minutes. The cosmonaut made the first flight in 2008, followed by a second
flight in 2011 and a third one that continued from September 2015 until
March 2016.

Samokutyayev made two space flights - one in 2011 and another one in 2014.
The total length of the two flights was 331 days, in which he also made two

Revin made one space flight in 2012, spending 125 days in outer space.

Earlier, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka who is a record-holder for the most time
spent in outer space announced his decision to quit the cosmonaut team. He
motivated his decision by the absence of prospects for performing his sixth
space flight to set a record of 1,000-day stay in outer space. His current
record is 878 days spent in outer space.


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