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04/30/2004

Chkalovsky aerodrome.
This morning the Expedition 8 crew (ISS-8) consisting of Alexander Kaleri and Michael Foale, as well as flight engineer of the sixth visiting crew (VC-6) Andre Kuipers, who early morning upon completion of the flight program returned to Earth in Soyuz TMA-3 descent vehicle, arrived to Chkalovsky aerodrome near Moscow.
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Korolev, Moscow Region.
MCCThe Expedition 8 crew of the International Space Station (ISS) consisting of Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri (Soyuz TMA-3 commander, ISS-8 flight engineer, instructor-testing cosmonaut of RSC Energia), U.S. astronaut Michael Foale (Soyuz TMA-3 flight engineer, ISS-8 commander, NASA) and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andre Kuipers, Soyuz TMA-3 flight engineer, the sixth visiting crew (VC-6) flight engineer, citizen of the Netherlands returned to Earth in Soyuz TMA-3 descent vehicle (DV).
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04/29/2004

Korolev, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia.
S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia held a session, chaired by the Deputy Director General of the Federal Space Agency (FSA) G.M.Polishchuk, of the State Commission on flight testing of space systems for socioeconomic, scientific and commercial purposes, which reviewed the results of flight tests of Yamal-KA space system.
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04/27/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
An upper stage of the Block-DM type has delivered into its target geostationary orbit a Russian communications satellite Express-AM11 with the RF-payload having 26 C-band transponders (36 MHz bandwidth) and four Ku-band transponders (54 MHz bandwidth), which is functionally equivalent to 32 transponders operating with a 36 MHz bandwidth.
The upper stage carrying the satellite was launched from a low Earth orbit, into which they had been put by Proton-K launch vehicle, that had been launched from Baikonur launch site at 0:37 Moscow Time.
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04/21/2004

Korolev, Moscow Region.
The Russian Soyuz TMA-4 manned transport spacecraft docked to the International Space Station (ISS) Orbital Complex.
At 09:01 Moscow time the spacecraft came into contact with the port of the ISS Functional Cargo Block Zarya, when the spacecraft and Space Station were within the Russian ground site coverage.
Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit and upon completion of all the required rendezvous and berthing operations in an automated mode with respect to the Space Station, Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft approached the ISS Orbital Complex.
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video-recording of the Soyuz TMA-4 docking (RealVideo)

 
 
 
04/19/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Launch The fourth new modification manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-4 designed and manufactured at S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia was launched.
The Soyuz-FG Integrated Launch Vehicle carrying the manned spacecraft aboard was launched at 7 hours 19 minutes Moscow Time.
The launch purposes are the following: to deliver the 9 Expedition crew to the International Space Station; scheduled rotation of the 8th Expedition crew and the Soyuz TMA-3 spacecraft, which has been operating as part of the station and the rescue vehicle since October 20th, 2003; to implement the 6th Visiting Crew Program onboard the station, including space experiments and studies under the Delta Project; to solve the engineering support problems of the station Expedition crew mission.
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video-recording of Soyuz-FG LV lift-off (RealVideo)

At the first seconds of the flightAt the first seconds of the flight...
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Prior to the launchPrior to the launch...
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04/18/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz TMA-4 and ISS-9 prime and backup crewsA meeting of the State Board was held at which the Soyuz TMA-4 and ISS-9 prime and backup crews were approved, as well as a decision was made to continue the Rocket & Space Complex processing for filling and launch within the scheduled time.
The prime crew consists of: Gennady Ivanovich Padalka, Soyuz TMA Commander and ISS Expedition 9 Commander - flight cosmonaut of RF, instructor - test cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Colonel, Russian AF; Edward Michael Fincke, Soyuz TMA Flight Engineer and ISS Expedition 9 Flight Engineer - NASA Astronaut, Lieutenant Colonel USAF; Andre Kuipers, Soyuz TMA Flight Engineer-1 and ISS visiting crew Flight Engineer - ESA astronaut, the Netherlands.
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04/17/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz-FG launch vehicleAt 5:00 a.m. Moscow Time, the transporter with the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle and the Soyuz TMA-4 transport spacecraft left the Assembly and Testing Facility and arrived to the launch pad for the final pre-launch processing. The Soyuz-FG - Soyuz TMA-4 system was erected on the launcher. First launch day activities began.
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04/16/2004

Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz-FG launch vehicleOrbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was integrated with the launch vehicle in the LV Assembly and Testing Facility.
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A meeting of the Governmental Commission and the Technical ManagementAt 03:00 P.M. Moscow time, a meeting of the Governmental Commission and the Technical Management was held where a decision was made to roll out the launch vehicle carrying Soyuz TMA-4 to the launch pad.

 
 
 
04/15/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was transported from the spacecraft processing facility to the launch vehicle processing facility for integration.
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04/14/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The Soyuz TMA-4 prime and backup crews inspected the transport spacecraft in its launch configuration in the Assembly and Testing Facility.
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04/13/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The prime crew (Gannadi Padalka, Michael Fincke, Andre Kuipers) and backup crew (Salizhan Sharipov, Leroy Chiao, Gerhard Thiele) of the Soyuz TMA-4 transport spacecraft arrived to the launch site to immediate training for the flight to the ISS scheduled on April 19.
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04/12/2004

Dear, respected corporate employees, veterans, our colleagues,
friends and like-minded persons!
We congratulate You on Cosmonautics Day!

Korolev, Moscow Region.
In view of the Cosmonautics Day, the executives and representatives of the team of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia, Administration and the general public of the city of Korolev, the fellow-workers of S.P. Korolev and the Corporation's veterans, the relatives of Sergei Pavlovich put wreaths on the memorial plaques and the monuments to the outstanding scientist and designer on the territory of both the Corporation and the space-oriented city; at the monuments to the scientists and heroes known for their contribution to space development situated on the Cosmonauts' lane, at the Kremlin wall and at the Novodevichje cemetery, Moscow.
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Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Designers inspection of the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was completed.
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Payload shroud roll on to the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft was performed.
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04/09/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-4 propulsion system was fueled with propellant components and compressed gases.
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04/08/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Members of the prime and backup crews of the Russian Soyuz transport spacecraft had training sessions and fit checks in the Soyuz TMA-4 spacecraft.
Photo-report from the Cosmonauts Preparation Room
Photo-report from the Assembly and Testing Facility
 
 
 
04/07/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The prime crew (Gannadi Padalka (Russia), Michael Fincke (NASA), Andre Kuipers (ESA)) and backup crew (Salizhan S. Sharipov (Russia), Leroy Chiao (NASA), Gerhard Thiele (ESA)) of the Soyuz TMA-4 transport spacecraft arrived to the cosmodrome to accomplish training and accept the spacecraft.
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03/30/2004 Korolev, Moscow region.
The General Designer's Review on the International Space Station Russian Segment was held (led by the Review Chairman, Technical Director of the Russian Manned Programs, General Designer, the RAS academician Yu.P. Semenov).
The Review's meeting held at S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia considered the progress reports on the International Space Station (ISS) effort from October 2003 through March 2004, as well as on their readiness for implementing the Program next stage.
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03/27/2004 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The DM-type Upper Stage delivered the Kosmos-series spacecraft to a target orbit. It was launched with the Kosmos-series spacecraft from a low earth orbit into which they were injected by the Proton-K launch vehicle the launch of which was performed from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 6:30, Moscow time.
This is the 244-th successful flight of the D-and DM-type Upper Stages the prime developer and manufacture of which is S.P. Korolev RSC Energia.
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03/19/2004 Korolev, Moscow region.
In accordance with the agreement concluded between Rosaviakosmos, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia and European Space Agency (ESA) on the flight of the ESA's astronaut Andre Kuipers, the Dutch citizen, to the International Space Station Russian Segment (Delta Project), the Corporation's managers met with the group involving the Russian and European journalists.
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03/18/2004 Korolev, Moscow region.
From March 15 to 18, S.P.Korolev RSC Energia held training sessions for Genadi Padalka (Soyuz TMA-4 Commander, ISS-9 Commander), Mickael Finke (Soyuz TMA-4 Flight Engineer, ISS-9 Flight Engineer) and their back-up crew, Salizhan Sharipov and Leroy Chiao.
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