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Ann McClain
Ovchinin Alexey
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Christina Koch


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October 25, 2012.
The manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-06M has docked with the International Space Station

Russian manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz TMA-06M has docked with the International Space Station (ISS) after two days of free flight in low Earth orbit.

Approach to the space station, its fly-around, stationkeeping and docking were performed normally, in automatic mode.

The initial contact with the docking port on the research module Poisk of the Russian segment of the space station occurred at 04:29:34 PM Moscow Time.

The mission control and the monitoring of the spacecraft systems status during rendezvous and docking were provided by the Lead Operations Control Team working at the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M). The Flight Director is the RSC Energia First Deputy General Designer V.A. Soloviev.

The final flight operations in the course of the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with the space station were supervised by the State Commission (the Chairman of the State Commission is the head of Roskosmos V.A. Popovkin) and the Technical Management for flight tests of manned space systems (the Technical Manager is the RSC Energia President and General Designer V.A. Lopota).

After a leak test of the spacecraft compartments and the docking unit, and equalization of pressure between the space station and the spacecraft, the transfer hatches were opened. The spacecraft crew transferred to the Russian segment of the ISS.

A joint international crew of the 33-rd Expedition (ISS-33) began its work on-board the space station: Y. Malenchenko, O. Novitskiy, E. Tarelkin (Roscosmos), S. Williams, K. Ford (NASA) and A. Hoshide (JAXA).

On-board systems of the ISS, and spacecraft Progress M-16M, Soyuz TMA-05M, Soyuz TMA-06M operate normally.

Present at MCC-M during the final operations of the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with ISS were representatives of Roscosmos, and foreign space agencies.

Based on the results of these operations a briefing was held for the journalists, who then spoke with the crew of ISS-33 during the first communications session with the space station from MCC-M.

 

For information:

  1. RSC Energia is the prime organization for developing and operating the ISS Russian segment, its modules and spacecraft Soyuz TMA and Progress M.
  2. Working at present within ISS are five Russian-made modules (Zarya, Zvezda, Pirs, Poisk, Rassvet) and three Russian transportation spacecraft.

 

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