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Established 1982
Incorporation 2003
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Lonchakov, Yuri
Russian Cosmonaut
12th Air Force Selection
During a thirteen year Cosmonaut career, Yuri Lonchakov completed three spaceflights to the International Space Station. During 2001, his first trip into space during was as a crew-member for STS-100, a 12-day flight of the American space shuttle Endeavour. His second mission in 2002 was also the maiden flight of the new Soyuz TMA ferry craft then, after two short flights and a gap of six years, in 2008 as a member of the ISS-13 Expedition crew, his third spaceflight logged over 178 days. Widely expected to be named as part of the ISS 42/43 expedition in September 2013 he suddenly announced his resignation from the Cosmonaut team, apparently unsatisfied with his salary, and able to earn possibly more than twice as much as he could when a Cosmonaut. However within a few months he was back in the space programmer this time holding senior managerial roles.
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