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Yuri Lonchakov
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Yuri Valentinovich Lonchakov

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Flight Engineer for the Odissea Mission

Lieutenant Colonel, Russian Air Force
Test-Cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre

Personal data

Born 4 March 1965, in Balkhash, Dzhezkazkansk Region. He is married to Tatyana Alexeevna Lonchakova (Dolmatova). They have one son. His hobbies include books, travelling, downhill skiing, sport games.


In 1982 Lonchakov finished high school in Aktyubinsk and entered the Orenburg Air Force Pilot School from which he graduated with honors in 1986 as pilot-engineer. In 1995 Lonchakov entered the Zhukovski Air Force Academy from which he graduated with honors in 1998 as pilot-engineer-researcher.


After graduation from the pilot school he served as a second crew commander, crew commander, squadron senior pilot, aviation brigade commander in the Navy. He flew Yak-52, L-39, Su-24, A-50, L-29, Tu-134 and Tu-16 aircraft.

Lonchakov has logged over 1,400 hours of flight time. He is a Class 1 Air Force pilot. He is a paratroop training instructor and has made 526 jumps.

Lonchakov was selected as a test-cosmonaut candidate of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center Cosmonaut Office in December of 1997.

Spaceflight experience

STS-100 Endeavour (19 April to 1 May 2001) was the 9th mission to the International Space Station during which the crew successfully delivered and installed the Canadarm2 Robotic Arm supplied by the Canadian Space Agency. They also delivered more than 6,000 pounds of supplies and equipment from the Italian-built Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. In completing his first spaceflight, Lonchakov traveled 7.9 million kilometres in 186 Earth orbits, logging 283 hours and 30 minutes in space.

Currently assigned as Flight Engineer for the 5S taxi-flight crew scheduled for launch to the International Space Station on 28 October 2002.

(Source: NASA)