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Padalka left the squad: behind the scandalous dismissal of famous astronauts

Russian space unhealthy. Over the past year or two, broke up with him about five astronauts and about the same going to do it in the near future. Already lost the backbone of the squad: Maxim Suraev, Roman Romanenko, Oleg Kotov, Sergei Revin, Alexander Samokutyaev… just a month ago, the squad was left without a first-class professional, hereditary, and Romanenko, cosmonaut Sergei Volkov. And here is another shock — last Friday, on his retirement from the squad cosmonaut training center. Gagarin announced one of the most famous astronauts of Roscosmos, the world record holder for the total stay in orbit, Gennady Padalka. “Perspectives on flight, no work in the center for me either, have bothered to mess around” — his words. And it would be possible to consider them as a special case, if all the other I managed to get through, the departed and the remaining followers Gagarin would not have said, not saying a word, as a blueprint, the same! There is someone’s gross error in the organization of work with the astronauts. What is it and what can turn in the coming years, tried to understand the “MK”.


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The merits of Gennady Padalka is recognized at the highest level.

My first reaction to the information about the mass Exodus of the astronauts was a shock, surprise: “What have you kept silent and did not raise the issue before?! Because now it is catastrophic!”. But they are tailored, these military pilots and modest space engineers: men don’t complain, men find the way out ourselves. I would challenge this idea, because, I’m sorry, did prepare you for the implementation of space missions for the taxpayers ‘ money, and therefore society has a right to know how the state uses the experience you potential, your experience, the enthusiasm with which you sometimes waited 15 years the first start! And it turns out that by teaching and giving to fly each one, maximum two times, you no longer hold in the profession — go on aimlessly.

“Yes, you look where they go — after all, aim at the deputies!” — they say evil tongues. Three astronauts from a bygone more than a year ago really are now deputies of the state Duma of the Russian Federation. Try to be needed there… Although I bet if they needed the CPC, they would be able to stop, to interest. Anyone would be lucky to stay in the profession — to fly, to teach youth, to share their experience. But, alas, this did not happen.

“The fact that the CPC in the last three or four years, if not more, is in an unhealthy situation, known to all in the industry, says one veteran cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov. — Unfortunately, all the shakes, batters. The conflict has been brewing slowly after the merger of three of the cosmonaut from TSPK im. Gagarin, RKK “Energia” and the Institute of biomedical problems of RAS is one based in training Centre, in Star city. A then led Roscosmos Anatoly Perminov. All of the astronauts with engineering and biomedical specialization in an order transferred to CTC. In the end we lost a specialized team of engineers-cosmonaut of the Energia and the cosmonauts-physicians of the IBMP. Smart people five years ago said it would lead to the destruction of the entire system that we now see. Instead be sold to professionals (for example — the celebrated cosmonaut-physician Valery Polyakov), talented engineers and doctors have now until retirement to go back to school. After all, what is the combined team of cosmonauts at the cosmonaut training center? It is an eternal learning in the expectation that one day you finally “cause to the Board” — put in the crew, though a backup that will mean that over the next six months you’ll be in space. So what am I supposed to do with this system value type Volkova or capital?”


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Gennady Padalka will not be able to update the record.

It seems that in the cosmonaut training Center has no full-time psychologist, which should have been at least on the run to consult the manual before you offer Sergei Volkov to become the spokesperson for the center. No, all works good… But so young, full of forces Colonel after performing complex operations in orbit, where he soon got a taste after three flights — and become a clerk?! They say it is because of this and left. Unfortunately, he himself comment on the reason refused. Gone where? While nowhere. Sergey looking for a job.

Gennady Padalka flight were more than five. This is the man who Sep 12, 2015, set a new world record for the total stay in the cosmic ocean — 878 days! And, he said, was aimed already at 1000, because it is important for science, to collect data about human capabilities and resources. Alas, it seems that now the new record, our country will have to wait a long time. Hero of Russia, holder of three degrees of the order “For merits before Fatherland”, the astronaut Padalka, who before the new round the result of hand — just something to add to my previous raids 122 days, never realizes their dreams. But it would be important not only for him personally — it would be important for the prestige of the country, to attract domestic cosmonautics boys with glowing eyes.


Andrey Borisenko, Alexander Samokutyaev and Sergei Volkov. A humorous photo from orbit in the image of bikers astronauts saddled electrochemical oxygen generators. Two of them will never fly to space. Photo courtesy of Gennady Lyubimov.

At CTC in response to the accusation of the majority of professionals in a too careless handling of the hero clearly hinted that the 58-year-old Padalka flew her, need to give way to young. Yes, among the current young should still look people with such physical characteristics as those of Gennady Ivanovich! In all the years of service to space — no contraindications to flight: “the Pilot, engineer, genius. Have flied more than once and brought to a young, taught, — tell colleagues in the unit. — Well, if flying is not given, provide an interesting job on earth.” According to cosmonauts Padalka not capricious characters — not one of those who take out so positive all that you want. It would be a worthy cause in the CPC, he would have left. Alas, respect for the skill and the succession of generations is not very concerned about space management.

Meanwhile, the departure of professionals from the industry may, in the opinion of many, to lead at one point to big trouble. “During each of the current start-up we already are shaking because you don’t know what to expect from the young people that came — say the people with the experience of flying. — With grief in half, with Earth (commands from the MCC. — N. In.) lead them, safety is not dropped. Although the objective professionalism falls from crew to crew.” In space there are nuances that do not teach from textbooks, here as in surgery — a must see movements of the hands of a master, to learn in difficult situations, to think like him, to predict the condition of technical systems. It turns out that today those veterans could trust solo flight into space, left the unit. Experienced think: “Now flies Fyodor Yurchikhin, followed by the summer kick off Sergei Ryazansky after the Misurkin (Alexander Misurkin. — N. In.). But all the rest… it is impossible to release them one by one.”


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My thoughts on the obvious danger of neglect experienced by the astronauts who, even otletov their own, would be very useful in the training Center as indispensable mentors young members of the squad informed the most senior leadership of the industry, first generals: Perminov, now deceased Vladimir Popovkin, Oleg Ostapenko. However, a source close to the management of the Corporation and aware of the situation, reported that no formal complaints and letters from the astronauts about the situation in CPK were reported. Changes as there was not, except for the worse. Now that’s all fell the need to reduce the Russian crew of the ISS in connection with a shortfall in their shipment and the contents on the orbit in General, the old song about “there’s no money but you stay.” No money — no flying, or rather, very little, and so those who, in whatever was wanted just once to fly in space, must fight their way through all possible means. To go over the heads of their comrades. “Earlier in the crews was selected the most deserving pilots, engineers, now two or three people surrounded by the head of the CPC assigned to flight those who they like, who are loyal to him. And who is disloyal, as, for example, Padalka, that is pushed,” says another my partner in Star city. “I’m sorry, when competent, experienced and such a motivated person, with excellent flight career out of the squad. I have this causes a feeling of regret” — said the RIA “Novosti” about the fate of Padalka Executive Director for manned programs of Roskosmos, the former world record holder for the total duration of space flight Sergei Krikalev.

P. S. In the state Corporation Roscosmos and cosmonauts training Center review could not be obtained.

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