December 19, 2012.
Space vehicle Soyuz TMA-07M was launched to the International Space Station carrying R. Romanenko, K. Hadfield and T. Marshburn on board!
At 16 hours:12 minutes:35 seconds Moscow Time (MT), transport manned space vehicle (TMS) was launched from Cosmodrome Baikonur in accordance with the Mission Program of the International Space Station (ISS) and the commitments undertaken by the Russian side.
The launch objective is to deliver three crew members onboard the ISS in order to bring the strength of the thirty fourth Prime Crew (ISS-34) to six persons.
Soyuz TMA-07M space vehicle crew consists of the following persons: cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (space vehicle commander), Canadian Space Agency astronaut Christopher Hadfield (space vehicle flight engineer) and NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn (space vehicle flight engineer-2).
The space vehicle is delivered to baseline near-earth orbit with the following parameters: inclination of 51.66 degrees, minimum altitude of 199.4 km, maximum altitude of 253.5 km, orbital period of 88.84 min.
Space vehicle onboard systems operate in design modes.
Space vehicle prelaunch processing and launch at the Cosmodrome were conducted under supervision of the Chairman of the State Commission on flight tests of manned space complexes, the Head of Roscosmos V.A. Popovkin and the Technical Director in charge of flight tests of manned space complexes, RSC Energia President, General Designer V.A. Lopota.
By telemetry data and reports coming from the crew members working onboard the ISS, the station onboard systems operate in design modes. The station is ready to dock to the space vehicle.
- RSC Energia is the leading enterprise of Russian rocket-space industry in the field of manned space flights programs which is responsible for building the ISS Russian Segment, its integration into the station and operational use, including manufacture and operation of the RS core modules (Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet, Nauka, etc.); production, launch and operation of Soyuz TMA, Progress M space vehicles.
- At the present time, ISS-34 crew works onboard the ISS which has the following composition: cosmonauts O. Novitsky and E. Tarelkin (Roscosmos); astronaut K. Ford (NASA).
- Space vehicle Soyuz TMA-07M will dock to the ISS at 18 hours 12 minutes Moscow Time on December 21, 2012.