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Helicopter Duo Joins Space Station Crew

By Staff Writer | December 1, 2015



Photo courtesy of European Space Agency

Former helicopter pilots from the British and U.S. armies are to spend the next five months or so in near weightlessness as crewmembers on the International Space Station, which orbits about 250 mi above Earth. The retired British Army Air Corps aviator, European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake (below, left), is making his first spaceflight. In addition to his army service, Peake worked for AgustaWestland as a senior helicopter test pilot. NASA astronaut Tim Kopra (below, right), whose U.S. Army aviation duties included developmental test director for the RAH-66 Comanche program, spent two months on the space station in 2009. On Dec. 15, they were launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the station with mission commander Yuri Malenchenko (center), a cosmonaut and former Russian air force fighter pilot. Photo courtesy of European Space Agency

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