Alexander Yurievich Kaleri

Alexander Kaleri
Alexander Kaleri

Soyuz-TMA crew Commander,
Instructor/Test Cosmonaut,
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Russia

Personal data

Born 13 May 1956 in Yurmala, Latvian SSR (Latvia). Married to Kaleri (Nosova), Svetlana Leonidovna, they have one son. His hobbies are trampolining, jogging, reading, and growing flowers.

Education:

In 1979, he graduated from Moscow Physics and Technology Institute (MFTI), Dolgoprudny, Moscow region, as a specialist in Aircraft Flight Dynamics and Control and in 1983 - post-graduate study at MFTI as a specialist in Mechanics of Fluids and Plasma.

Awards and titles:

Hero of Russian Federation, Pilot-Cosmonaut of Russian Federation. He was awarded the medal of the Gold Star of the Hero of Russian Federation, orders of Distinguished Service to Motherland of the 2nd and 3rd degrees, as well as Space Flight and Public Service medals from NASA. Holds the order of the Legion of Honour (France, 1997).

Work experience:

Worked as an engineer at S.P.Korolev RSC Energia Design Bureau from 1979. Participated in development of design and engineering documentation, full-scale tests of the Mir Orbital Station.

In 1984 he was enlisted in the NPO Energia cosmonaut corps.

From November 1985 to October 1986 he followed basic cosmonaut training at Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre. Qualified as a test cosmonaut on 28 November 1986.

From 1987-1992 he trained for the Mir mission programme.

April-May 1987 he trained as Flight Engineer of the third (backup) crew of Soyuz TM-4 for the expedition crew (EC-3) to the Mir Orbital Station. In May 1987 he replaced Yemelianov within the backup crew of Soyuz TM-4, and from May to December 1987 he trained as a Flight Engineer in the backup crew.

January-March 1988 he trained as Flight Engineer of Soyuz TM-7 for the EC-4/"Aragats" mission to Mir.

May-November 1990 he trained as Flight Engineer of a backup (the third) crew of Soyuz TM-11 for the EC-8 mission to Mir.

January-April 1991 he trained as Flight Engineer of the backup crew of Soyuz TM-12 for the EC-9/"Juno" mission to Mir.

May-July 1991 he trained as Flight Engineer for the prime crew of Soyuz TM-13, the EC-10/"Austromir" mission to Mir.

October 1991 - February 1992 he trained as Flight Engineer for the prime crew of Soyuz TM-14, the EC-11/Mir-92 mission to Mir.

October 1995 through July 1996 he trained as Flight Engineer for Soyuz TM-24 backup crew for the EC-22/NASA-3 mission and Russian-French programme "Cassiopeia" to Mir.

On 12 August 1996, due to Manakov - Commander of the Soyuz TM-24 prime crew - falling ill, Korzun and Kaleri were assigned to the prime crew of Soyuz TM-24 to replace Manakov and Vinogradov, respectively.

December 1997 through July 1998 he trained as Flight Engineer for the second crew for the EC-26 mission to Mir.

Over the period of March 1999 through March 2000 he trained as Flight Engineer for the prime crew of EC-28.

From January 2001 to May 2002 he trained as backup Commander for the ISS Expedition 5 crew.

He trained as backup Commander for the ISS Expedition 7 crew.

Spaceflight experience:

He flew his first space mission on 17 March – 10 August 1992, as a Flight Engineer of Soyuz TM-14 and Mir for the EC-11 mission, Russian-German programme Mir-92 and Russian-French programme Antares, together with Victorenko and Flade (Germany). He returned to Earth together with Victorenko and Tognini (France). In the course of the mission he performed one space walk lasting 2 hours 3 minutes.

He flew his second space mission 17 August 1996 - 2 March 1997 as a Flight Engineer of Soyuz TM-24 and Mir space station for the EC-22/NASA-3 mission and Russian-French programme Cassiopeia, together with Korzun and Andre-Deshaus (now Haigneré, France). During the mission he performed two space walks with an overall duration of 12 hours 36 minutes.

He flew his third space mission from 4 April - June 2000 as a Flight Engineer of Soyuz TM-30 and Mir for the EC-28 mission together with Zaletin. During the mission he made one space walk lasting 5 hours 3 minutes.

Current assignment:

He is currently assigned as Flight Engineer to the ISS Expedition 8 crew.

Last update: 29 September 2003

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