October 10, 2010. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M,
Korolev, Moscow region
The Russian Soyuz TMA-M transport manned vehicle docked to the International Space Station (ISS).
Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit, the vehicle approached the ISS. Rendezvous with the station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and berthing were executed automatically.
At 04:01 Moscow time the vehicle came into contact with the docking assembly of Poisk module of the Russian Segment of the station.
The final flight operations during the vehicle rendezvous and docking to the station were performed under control of the State Commission and Technical Management for flight testing of manned space systems. The State Commission is chaired by A.N. Perminov, Director of Federal Space Agency. The technical management is led by V.A. Lopota, RSC Energia President, General Designer.
After a leak test of Soyuz TMA-M compartments and docking assembly, and pressure equalization between the station and vehicle, the transfer hatches were open. The vehicle crew accomplished ingress of the Russian Segment of the station.
A joint International crew ISS-25 consisting of 6 crewmembers began its work onboard the station.
It consists of Russian cosmonauts, F. Yurchikhin,
A. Kalery, O. Skripochka
and NASA astronauts Sh. Walker,
D. Wheelock, S. Kelly.
The ISS, Progress M-05M, Progress M-07M, Soyuz TMA-19 and Soyuz TMA-M onboard systems operate as designed.
The Moscow Mission Control Center (MCC-M), which commanded the vehicle rendezvous and docking to the ISS, held a news conference for journalists of the Russian and foreign information agencies and TV companies, as well as conducted the first communication session with the space station crew.
- RSC Energia is a prime organization in development and operation of the Russian Segment of the ISS, and its modules (Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet and others), as well as Soyuz TMA and Progress M vehicles.
- At present five Russia-produced modules operate within the ISS (Zarya, Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet), four Russian space vehicles (two manned vehicles Soyuz TMA-19, Soyuz TMA-M; two cargo vehicles Progress M-05M, Progress M-07M).
- The ISS Russian Segment flight is commanded by the lead operational control team (LOCT) from MCC-M. LOCT is headed by the Flight Director V.A. Soloviev, RSC Energia First Deputy General Designer.