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Soyuz TMA-52a

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Soyuz TMA-52a

In the course of one day, specialists from RSC Energia and other leading companies in the rocket and space industry have successfully completed final sequence of operations to assemble the integrated launch vehicle. The crew transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-52a developed and built by RSC Energia was transported as a part of the upper composite to the site where it was integrated with the launch vehicle Soyuz-FG. ILV Soyuz was rolled out from the processing facility to the launch pad. The medium launch vehicle Soyuz-FG integrated with the Crew Transportation spacecraft (CTS) Soyuz TMA-52a is erected on the launch pad of Area No.1 ('Gagarin’s launch pad') of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Activities under the program of the first launch day have begun. Specialists of RSC Energia and other leading companies of the rocket and space industry are performing final processing operations on the launch pad. Pre-launch tests are being run on systems and assemblies of the space launcher system, interfaces between the onboard hardware and ground support equipment are being checked out.

Soyuz TMA-52a

Three crew members have arrived safely at the International Space Station, following a successful launch and docking of their Soyuz TMA-52a spacecraft March 14, 2019. The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched at 12:14 p.m. PDT (12:14 a.m. Friday Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hague, Koch and Ovchinin docked to the space station’s Rassvet module at 6:01 p.m. after a four-orbit, six-hour journey, and opened the hatch and were welcomed aboard the orbiting laboratory at approximately 8:10 p.m. Their mission, Expedition 59, officially began at the time of docking. The arrival of Hague, Koch and Ovchinin restores the station's crew complement to six. They have joined Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos.
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Soyuz TMA-52a

At Baikonur launch site RSC Energia specialists have completed operations to fill the crew transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-52a with propellant components and compressed gases. After the filling the spacecraft was brought into the spacecraft processing facility and installed into a jig for further pre-launch processing. According to the pre-launch processing schedule on March 4 the spacecraft will be mated to the transfer compartment. The launch of the launch vehicle integrated with Soyuz TMA-52a to the International Space Station is scheduled for March 14, 2019 from the Baikonur launch site. The crew of ISS-59 consists of a Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin and NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch.

Soyuz TMA-52a

Energia corporation specialists working at the Baikonur launch site continue preparing the integrated launch vehicle with the crew transportation spacecraft (CTS) Soyuz TMA-52a for its launch to the International Space Station (ISS). Preparations for the launch scheduled for March 14, 2019, from the launch pad No.1 ('Gagarin’s launch pad'), are under way in the processing facility of the launch site. In accordance with the pre-launch processing schedule, on March 6 the spacecraft was subjected to designer’s inspection. In addition to this, processing operations were performed to roll on the payload fairing of the launch vehicle Soyuz-FG. Earlier, on March 4, the spacecraft was mated to the adapter section of the launch vehicleof the launch vehicle.
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Soyuz TMA-52a

The Soyuz carrying three Expedition 59 crew members launched at 12:14 p.m. PDT, Thursday, March 14. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a mission to the International Space Station as members of Expeditions 59.

Soyuz TMA-52a

The Soyuz carrying three Expedition 59 crew members launched at 12:14 p.m. PDT, Thursday, March 14. NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Christina Koch and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for a mission to the International Space Station as members of Expeditions 59.
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Soyuz TMA-51a

A month and a half after a nerve-racking launch accident and the risky emergency landing of the Soyuz TMA-50a mission, another Soyuz spacecraft lifted off with a fresh crew in the latest attempt to staff the International Space Station, ISS, with the three members of Expedition 58. A Soyuz-FG rocket launched the mission from Baikonur Cosmodrome on Dec. 3, 2018, at 14:31 Moscow Time.

Soyuz TMA-15: Crew farewell and hatch closure

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The Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft will undock from the International Space Station on Monday, Nov. 30 at 9:56 p.m. CST and land in Kazakhstan at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday (1:15 p.m. Kazakhstan time) to conclude 188 days in space, 186 days on the station.

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Expedition 52-53 Soyuz Vehicle is Prepared for Launch in Kazakhstan

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft and its Soyuz booster are transported from the Integration Facility to the launch pad on a railcar July 26 for final preparations before launch July 28 to the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-05 will carry Expedition 52-53 Soyuz Commander Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Randy Bresnik of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) to the orbital complex for a four-and-a-half month mission.

ISS Expedition 44/Soyuz TMA 16M Undocking & Landing In Kazakhstan

ISS Expedition 44 Soyuz TMA 16M Undocking & Landing In Kazakhstan
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Expedition 52

Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA landed safely near the town of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan Sept. 3 after bidding farewell to their colleagues on the complex and undocking their Soyuz TMA-44a spacecraft from the Poisk Module on the International Space Station. The landing marked the first time since Nov. 26, 2010 that two NASA astronauts returned to Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft. Whitson, who has logged more days in space than any other U.S. astronaut, completed a 10-month mission, her third long duration flight, while Yurchikhin and Fischer completed 136 days in space.

Soyuz TMA-48a

After the inspection by the crew, the payload section with the Soyuz TMA-48a spacecraft was lowered into horizontal position, loaded on a railway platform and transported from Site 254 to Site 112 for integration with the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle. On March 17, the payload section with the Soyuz TMA-48a spacecraft was integrated with the third stage of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle and with the Emergency Escape System, SAS. The entire upper composite was then loaded onto the mobile transporter-erector and connected to the second stage of the Soyuz-FG rocket. Upon the completion of the assembly, the technical management and the State Commission overseeing the testing of manned space complexes met to review the readiness of the Soyuz FG launch vehicle. The officials gave green light to the rollout of the rocket to the launch pad on March 19, 2018.
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Soyuz TMA-04M: record of comms between Soyuz spacecraft and Russian ground control 16 May 2012

Record of communications between the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft bringing crew 31 to the International Space Station (ISS) and Russian ground control. Live radio record from Leiden, the Netherlands, during the pass of 09:04 UTC (11:04 am local time) of May 16, 2012. Receiver: Realistic Pro-2042 + homebrew dipole antenna. Track images from JSatTrak.

Expedition 42 - Soyuz TMA-14M Landing

Expedition 52

On July 24, Expedition 52 crew conducted their final familiarization with the Soyuz TMA-45a spacecraft in its launch configuration. The cosmonauts and astronauts boarded the vehicle installed in vertical position inside the processing building at Site 254 in Baikonur. Next time, the crew will board Soyuz TMA-45a on the launch pad several hours before blastoff scheduled for July 28, 2017. Few hours after the exercise, the payload section, including the Soyuz TMA-45a spacecraft inside its protective fairing and its launch vehicle adapter, was lowered into horizontal position, loaded onto a railway trailer and transported from the processing complex at Site 254 to the vehicle assembly building at Site 112 for integration with its Soyuz-FG rocket.
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Expedition 51-52 Soyuz Vehicle is Prepared for Launch in Kazakhstan

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft and its Soyuz booster were mated in the Integration Facility April 17 and transported to the launch pad on a railcar April 18 for final preparations before launch to the International Space Station April 20. The Soyuz MS-04 will carry Expedition 51-52 Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineer Jack Fischer of NASA to the orbital complex for a four and a half month mission.

Soyuz TMA-44a

The technical management and State Commission representatives at Baikonur cosmodrome issued a decision about the readiness of the rocket and space complex (RSC) consisting of transport manned vehicle (TMV) of a new modification Soyuz TMA-44a and launch vehicle (LV) Soyuz FG for roll-out and installation on the launch pad. The final assembly of the rocket space complex was successfully completed. During the day the nose assembly with the vehicle was mated to the third stage of the launch vehicle in the launch vehicle integration and test facility (LV ITF). Medium capacity launch vehicle Soyuz-FG with new-series manned vehicle Soyuz TMA-44a was carried out from the integration and test facility and erected at the launch pad of Launch Site No.1 'Gagarin’s launch pad' of Baikonur cosmodrome. Specialists from RSC Energia and other ROSCOSMOS enterprises involved in the prelaunch processing are performing final processing operations at the launch site. Prelaunch tests of the rocket and space complex systems and assemblies are being conducted, the onboard systems and ground equipment interfaces are being checked. Soyuz TMA-44a carrying the crew of the next long-duration tour to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on April 20, 2017 from Baikonur cosmodrome. The ISS-51 Expedition consists of ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Fedor YURCHIKHIN and NASA astronaut Jack FISHER.

Soyuz TMA-11 Launch

ISS Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko and spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor are in orbit and on their way to the International Space Station. Their Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 10th October 2007 at 9:22 a.m. EDT and entered orbit less than 10 minutes later. They will dock to the Earth-facing port of the station's Zarya module on 12th October about 10:52 a.m.

The Expedition 15 crew has been busy readying the station as they prepare to greet their replacements and Malaysian guest. Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov set up a work space in the Zvezda service module that will allow the visiting Shukor to perform several experiments over nine days. Flight Engineer Clay Anderson also resized U.S. spacesuits for Whitson and Malenchenko for an upcoming spacewalk. The current station crew also held space-to-ground teleconferences with their Expedition 16 counterparts to assist with handover activities.

Yurchikhin and Kotov are scheduled to leave the station on 21st October officially ending the Expedition 15 increment. Shukor will go home with the two cosmonauts. Anderson will remain onboard with Expedition 16 and return to Earth aboard Discovery on its STS-120 mission.

Soyuz TMA-47a

The fueling operations were completed on Dec. 7, 2017, and the next day, Soyuz TMA-47a was integrated with its launch vehicle adapter. The final inspection of the spacecraft, followed by its encapsulation under payload fairing took place on Dec. 11, 2017. According to the pre-launch processing schedule, on December 13, the Expedition 54 crew conducted the second and final training inside the flight-ready spacecraft before boarding on it on the day of the launch on December 17. Also on December 13, the payload section, including the spacecraft, the fairing and the adapter, was loaded on a railway trailer and transported to the vehicle assembly building at Site 112 for its integration with the Soyuz-FG rocket and the rollout to the launch pad.

Expedition 59

Three crew members have arrived safely at the International Space Station, following a successful launch and docking of their Soyuz TMA-52a spacecraft Thursday. The Soyuz spacecraft carrying Nick Hague and Christina Koch of NASA and Alexey Ovchinin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched at 12:14 p.m. PDT (12:14 a.m. Friday Baikonur time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Hague, Koch and Ovchinin docked to the space station’s Rassvet module at 6:01 p.m. after a four-orbit, six-hour journey, and opened the hatch and were welcomed aboard the orbiting laboratory at approximately 8:10 p.m. Their mission, Expedition 59, officially began at the time of docking. The arrival of Hague, Koch and Ovchinin restores the station's crew complement to six. They have joined Anne McClain of NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency and Expedition 59 Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos.

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