Oleg Novitsky


Oleg Viktorovich Novitskiy
Oleg Novitskiy 2016.jpg
Born (1971-10-12) October 12, 1971 (age 50)
AwardsHero of the Russian Federation
Space career
Roscosmos cosmonaut
RankLieutenant-Colonel, Russian Air Force
Time in space
531 days 06 hours 58 minutes
Selection2006 TsPK-14 Cosmonaut Group
Total EVAs
Total EVA time
22 hours 38 minutes
MissionsSoyuz TMA-06M (Expedition 33/34), Soyuz MS-03 (Expedition 50/51), Soyuz MS-18 (Expedition 64/65)
Mission insignia
Soyuz-TMA-06M-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 33 Patch.svg ISS Expedition 34 Patch.svg Soyuz-MS-03-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 50 Patch.png ISS Expedition 51 Patch.svg Soyuz-MS-18-Mission-Patch.png ISS Expedition 64 Patch.png ISS Expedition 65 Patch.png

Oleg Viktorovich Novitskiy (Russian: Олег Викторович Новицкий; born October 12, 1971 in Chervyen, Belarus) is a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Russian Air Force who logged over 700 hours of flight time and was awarded for bravery. He is currently serving as a Russian cosmonaut with Roscosmos and has participated in multiple expeditions, during which he has spent over 531 days in space.


Novitskiy was born on October 12, 1971, in Cherven, a Belarusian town of Minsk Region. He graduated from school No.2 in Cherven in 1988 and entered the Borisoglebsk Military Pilot School named after V. Chkalov.

In 1994 he graduated from the Kachinskoye Military Pilot School named after A. Myasnikov, where he studied at the department specializing in command tactical aviation. Novitskiy was certified as a pilot-engineer. Between September to December 1995, Novitskiy served as a pilot-instructor in the fighter aviation regiment of V. Chkalov Training Center. From December 1995 to June 2004 he served in a variety of positions, from pilot to air squadron deputy commander at the fighter air regiment of the 1st Guard Composite Air Division of the 4th Air Army and Air Defense Army of the North Caucasus Military Command.

Graduated in 2006 from the Yuri Gagarin Air Force Academy specializing in military units/Air Force detachments management.[1] After graduation from the Academy Novitskiy was a commander of an attack air squadron. By the time of selection to the Cosmonaut Corps he has mastered skills of piloting the Л-39 and Су-25 aircraft. He has logged a total of 700 hours of flight time. He is a Class 2 military pilot. Novitskiy is a qualified paratrooper instructor and military diver.[1]

Spaceflight experience

Novitskiy was selected as a cosmonaut in 2006.Between February 2007 to July 2009 he completed basic spaceflight training and passed state exams with excellent grades. On August 1, 2009, he was qualified as a test-cosmonaut by the Interdepartmental Qualification Board, and between August 2009 to March 2010 he took the ISS advanced training course.

Expedition 33/34

From March 2010 to May 2012 he trained as the ISS Expedition 31/32 backup crew member, the Soyuz TMA-M Commander/ISS Flight Engineer. Part of Expedition 33/34 to the international space station where he served as ISS flight engineer. He was launched to space as part of the Soyuz TMA-06M crew on October 23, 2012 and returned on March 16, 2013. Overall time in space was 143 days 16 hours and 15 minutes.

Expedition 50/51

Novitskiy returned to space as part of Expedition 50/Expedition 51 which launched on November 17, 2016 on Soyuz MS-03.

On June 2, 2017, MS-03 undocked from the ISS, carrying Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet back to Earth after 196 days in space. Peggy Whitson remained on the ISS and returned on Soyuz MS-04. Soyuz MS-03 touched down just over 3 hours after undocking, concluding Novitsky's second spaceflight.

Expedition 64/65

Novitskiy returned to space for the third time in April 2021, launching aboard the Soyuz MS-18, alongside Roscosmos cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and American astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei.


Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov (commander) and Klim Shipenko, the director of the film "The Challenge" together with the film's star, Yulia Peresild, will go to the ISS on the Soyuz MS-19 scheduled for October 5, 2021.[2] The drama is a joint project of Roscosmos, Russia's Channel One and the Yellow, Black and White studio.[3][4] Since May 24 the crew members have been training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.[5] Alternates trained for the mission and filming are actress Alyona Mordovina and director Alexei Dudin[6] and the commander Oleg Artemyev.[7] On July 23, 2021, the prime crew participated in a four-hour simulation inside a Soyuz replica while wearing the Sokol suit,[8] and on July 30, the spacecraft began its pre-launch preparation.[9]

It is planned that the director and actress will return to Earth on October 17, 2021 on Soyuz MS-18, with Commander Oleg Novitskiy, who will play the role of a cosmonaut who needs medical assistance in the film.[2] Cosmonaut Pyotr Dubrov and astronaut Mark Vande Hei, who arrived at the ISS on Soyuz MS-18, will join Shkaplerov on the return of Soyuz MS-19.[10][11] Soyuz MS-19 is scheduled to land on March 28, 2022.[12]


The film, which according to Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos, is an "experiment to see if Roscosmos can prepare two ordinary people to fly in about 3 or 4 months" has received opposition from the scientific and aerospace communities, as to the fact that they remove trained cosmonauts from their flights, a misuse of public money,[13] or even that using the station's resources for non-scientific purposes would be illegal.[14] Sergei Krikalev, director of crewed programs at Roscosmos, reportedly lost his position by speaking out against the project[15] but was reinstated after a few days following protests from cosmonauts on and off active duty.[5]

Movie portion to be shot on ISS

Klim Shipenko expects to shoot about 35-40 minutes of film on the ISS, as well as taking on the position of director, operator, art director, and makeup artist. Oleg Novitsky and Peter Dubrov will appear in the film,[16] with Dubrov and Mark Vande Hei assisting in the production.[17] Shkaplerov will appear in some scenes of the movie.[18]

Honors and awards

Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation medals:[1]

  • Hero of the Russian Federation
  • “For Participation in Military Operations”
  • “For Military Virtue”, II degree
  • “For Distinguished Military Service”, I, II and III degree
  • “For Service in the Air Force”.
  • Veteran of Military Operations


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  2. ^ a b Dvorsky, George. "What to Know About the Film Crew Shooting the First Movie in Space This Week", Gizmodo.com, October 4, 2021
  3. ^ "Актриса и режиссер фильма «Вызов» полетят к МКС 5 октября" (in Russian). ТАСС. 2021-04-29. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  4. ^ "Экспедиция МКС-65/66. План полёта". Русский космос (in Russian). April 2021. p. 17.
  5. ^ a b "Russian Movie in Space Part 8". 2021-07-10. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  6. ^ "Фильм «Вызов»: итоги медкомиссии" (in Russian). Роскосмос. 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2021-05-13.
  7. ^ Носенкова С. (April 2021). "В открытом космосе рекорды не самая хорошая вещь". Русский космос (in Russian).
  8. ^ "У основного экипажа МКС-66 начались совместные тренировки" (in Russian). 2021-07-23. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  9. ^ "На Байконуре началась предполетная подготовка корабля «Союз МС-19»" (in Russian). 2021-07-30. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  10. ^ "Срок полета двух членов экипажа «Союза МС-18» увеличат". ТАСС (in Russian). 2021-03-14. Retrieved 2021-04-23.
  11. ^ "На МКС 10 человек". Роскосмос (in Russian). 2021-04-09. Retrieved 2021-04-30.
  12. ^ "ISS: Expedition 67". spacefacts.de. 2021-06-15. Retrieved 2021-06-16.
  13. ^ "Russian actresses who will compete for trip to ISS identified". 2021-03-21. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  14. ^ "Russia looks for actress to steal Tom Cruise space movie thunder". 2020-11-04. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  15. ^ "СМИ: Космонавт Сергей Крикалев лишился должности в «Роскосмосе» после критики идеи съемок на МКС" (in Russian). 2021-06-13. Retrieved 2021-07-25.
  16. ^ "Создатели научно-просветительского проекта «Вызов» раскрыли некоторые секреты фильма" (in Russian). 2021-07-31. Retrieved 2021-08-07.
  17. ^ "Russia to switch to year-long expeditions to orbital outpost, says Roscosmos chief". 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2021-07-12.
  18. ^ "Soyuz MS-19 | Soyuz 2.1a". Everyday Astronaut. 2021-10-01. Retrieved 2021-10-01.

External links

  • Spacefacts biography of Oleg Novitskiy
  • biography on NASA website

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