December 17, 2010. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M,
Korolev, Moscow region
The Russian Soyuz TMA-20 manned transport vehicle docked to the International Space Station (ISS).
Following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit Soyuz TMA-20 vehicle approached the ISS. The homing with the Station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and berthing were executed in the automatic mode.
A contact to the docking port of MRM1 Rassvet of the Station Russian Segment occurred at 23:12 Moscow time.
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 the manned space complex flight testing. The State Commission is chaired by A.N. Perminov, Head of Federal Space Agency. Technical Management is led by V.A. Lopota, RSC Energia President, General Designer.
Upon completion of Soyuz TMA-20 compartment leak test, docking assembly leak check, pressure equalization between the Station and the vehicle the transfer hatches were open. The vehicle crew passed onboard the Russian Segment of the Station.
The ISS-26 joint International crew consisting of 6 persons, namely Russian cosmonauts Alexander
Kalery, Oleg Skripochka and Dmitriy Kondratiev,
U.S. astronauts Scott Kelly and Catherine Coleman,
European astronaut Paolo Nespoli began to work onboard the Station.
The ISS and Progress M-07M, Progress M-08M, Soyuz TMA-M, Soyuz TMA-20 onboard systems operate in the design modes.
At Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M) from where control of the vehicle rendezvous and docking to the ISS was provided, a press conference for journalists of the Russian and foreign information agencies was held as well as the first communication session with the Station crew.
- RSC Energia is a leading organization for development and operation of the Russian Segment of the ISS, its modules and vehicles Soyuz-TMA, Progress M.
- Currently 5 modules of the Russian production (Zarya, Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet) operate within the ISS, as well as 4 Russian space vehicles.
- The ISS Russian Segment and vehicle flight is under control of Lead Operational Control Team (LOCT) of the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M). The team is led by V.A. Soloviev, First Deputy General Designer of RSC Energia.