October 23, 2012.
Soyuz TMA-06M launched to the International Space Station!
Cosmonauts O. Novitskiy, E. Tarelkin and astronaut K. Ford.
In accordance with the mission plan of the International Space Station (ISS) and Russian commitments under this international project, a manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-06M was launched from Baikonur launch site at 02:51:11 PM Moscow Time.
The objective of the launch is to deliver to ISS a crew of three in order to bring the crew of Expedition Thirty Three (ISS-33) up to six.
The crew of Soyuz TMA-06M consists of: cosmonauts Oleg
Novitskiy (spacecraft commander) and Evgeny
Tarelkin (spacecraft flight engineer) and astronaut Kevin
Ford (flight engineer-2 of the spacecraft).
The spacecraft was put into a parking low-Earth orbit with the following parameters: 51.66° inclination , 198.5 km minimal altitude, 244.6 km maximum altitude, 88.68 minutes orbital period.
The onboard systems of the spacecraft operate normally.
At the launch site, the spacecraft prelaunch processing and launch were performed under the direction of the State Commission (chaired by the head of Roscosmos V.A. Popovkin). The Commission was basing its decisions to proceed with each next step in processing and launching on the final report of the Technical Management headed by the President of RSC Energia, Designer General V.A. Lopota.
According to the telemetry data and reports from the crew of ISS, the space station systems operate normally. The station is ready for docking with the spacecraft.
- RSC Energia is the prime manned space flight organization in the Russian rocket and space industry, responsible for the development of the ISS Russian Segment, its integration into the Space Station and its operation, including development and operation of its principal modules (Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet, etc.), manufacturing, launch and operation of Soyuz TMA and Progress M spacecraft.
- Currently working onboard ISS is the crew of ISS-33 consisting
of: cosmonaut Y. Malenchenko
(Roscosmos), astronauts S. Williams
(NASA) and A. Hoshide
- The docking of Soyuz TMA-06M with ISS is scheduled for October 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM Moscow Time.
- The manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-06M is the sixth spacecraft in a new series built on the basis of Soyuz TMA spacecraft. The launch of the first spacecraft in this series took place on October 08, 2010. The upgrades that have been introduced belong to the measures aimed at the development of the new-generation manned transportation spacecraft. Flight certification of new instruments and equipment installed onboard the manned transportation spacecraft of the Soyuz TMA-M series will make it possible to make the proper decisions with respect to the new-generation manned transportation spacecraft.