Soviet and Russian aviation athlete and cosmonaut
Executive Director for Manned Space Programs of the State Corporation «Roscosmos»
In 1981 he graduated from the Leningrad Military Mechanical Institute, by specialty «design and manufacture of aircraft». PhD in Psychology.
After graduation he worked at NPO Energia.
He was selected for space flights trainings in 1985, the next year he completed a basic training course and was temporarily assigned to a group under the Buran reusable spacecraft program.
Since 2016 – Executive Director for Manned Space Programs of the State Corporation Roscosmos.
Professional achievements and awards
Sergey is an owner of many Russian and international awards and prizes. In recognition of the cosmonaut's merits, his bust was installed on the Alley of Heroes of the Moscow Victory Park in Saint-Petersburg. Hero of the Soviet Union and Hero of the Russian Federation (one of four people awarded both titles).
On February 15, 2007 Krikalev was appointed as a vice president of S.P. Rocket and Space Corporation «Energia» SP Koroleva, that is responsible for manned space flights where he runs the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
In 2014 he was appointed Plenipotentiary Representative of the Governor of Sevastopol in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg.