The interdepartmental Commission of Roskosmos for selection of cosmonauts and their assignment to the crews of the recommended release from office of three people from the cosmonaut corps. This was announced by the head of cosmonaut training Center cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov.
The decision of the Commission Sergei Volkov dismissed by the instructor — cosmonaut-tester of 1st class, Sergei Revin — from the post of a test cosmonaut 3rd class cosmonaut detachment. In addition, Alexander Samokutyaev will resign from the post of instructor test cosmonaut, Deputy commander of the cosmonaut corps.
“The same wolves left a month ago, just an interdepartmental Commission was delayed. Astronauts will not leave, because they have experience and state Corporation “Roscosmos” big enough,” said Lonchakov. According to him, exiting the training Center, the astronauts usually work with the flight control Center, Corporation Energia and the Central research Institute of mechanical engineering.
Wife of cosmonaut Alexander Samokutyaev Oksana said that she and her husband are on a business trip in Israel and they knew nothing about the Commission’s decision.
Earlier Lonchakov reported that the cosmonaut could leave two more people. According to him, after a medical examination of two of the 30 astronauts had problems. “Working in the space makes itself known, so most goes to health,” said Lonchakov.
On Saturday, April 22, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka wrote a letter of resignation from the squad, said the head of the cosmonaut training Center TASS. According to him, two weeks later, the application will be reviewed by the interdepartmental Commission. Padalka, in turn, told TASS that will work in the unit until April 28. “Tired of bumming around,” said Padalka, explaining that he had no “prospects for the flight” and there is no work in the cosmonaut training Center.
Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka — record for total duration of space flights, he has been in space 878 days 11 hours 29 minutes and 24 seconds. During his career, five times he went in flight and he made ten astronauts in space.
Earlier, on 21 April, “Moskovskii Komsomolets” reported that the cosmonauts left Oleg Kotov, Sergei Revin and Sergei Volkov.