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Crews of Soyuz MS started their training sessions at Baikonur launch site

June 25, 2015

Today, June 25, members of the main and the backup crews of Soyuz MS manned transportation spacecraft started their final training sessions at the Baikonur launch site.

Also today, Technical Management held their meeting at which a decision was made to proceed with filling Soyuz MS with rocket propellant components and compressed gases.

Cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin (spacecraft commander, Roscosmos), Takuya Onishi (flight engineer, JAXA) and Kathleen Rubins (flight engineer-2, NASA) included in the main crew of ISS-48/49 tried on Sokol-KV spacesuits and after leak tests took seats in their spacecraft. The crew checked the radio communications system and the laser range finder, got acquainted with the onboard documentation, studied the mission plan and the manifest of cargoes to be delivered to the ISS.

There are also plans to include into the final training sessions at the launch site a practice drill in the manual docking of the spacecraft to the ISS, a check of the kits with scientific equipment, practicing the upcoming ballistic operations and other preparatory procedures.

Members of the main and backup crews of Soyuz MS manned transportation spacecraft arrived at the Baikonur launch site on Friday, June 24. The backup crew consists of Oleg Novitskiy (spacecraft commander, ROSCOSMOS), Thomas Pesquet (flight engineer, ESA) and Peggy Whitson (flight engineer-2, NASA).

The launch of the Soyuz MS spacecraft with the crew of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for July 7, 2016 from Area No.1 (Gagarins launch pad) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

 

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