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The Soyuz MS-02 vehicle crews arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome

September 8, 2016

Today on September 8, the prime and the backup crewmembers of the Soyuz MS-02 new series manned transport vehicle (MTV) arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome to pass the final prelaunch processing phases.

The prime crew consists of the ROSCOSMOS cosmonauts Sergei RYZHIKOV and Andrei BORISENKO and also NASA astronaut Robert Shane KIMBROUGH. Their backups are the Roscosmos cosmonauts Aleksandr MISURKIN and Nikolai TIKHONOV, NASA astronaut Mark VANDE HEI.

At the Baikonur the cosmonauts and the astronauts will try on the Sokol-KV suits, take their places in the vehicle, get acquainted with onboard documentation and carry out a number of the onboard systems tests. During the final sessions at the Cosmodrome the following has been also planned: training in manual berthing of the vehicle to the ISS, control of the equipment kits, the forthcoming ballistic operations training and other preparatory procedures.

The launch of the Soyuz MS-02 MTV with the crew of the next long-duration Expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on September 23, 2016 from Site No. 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The Soyuz MS manned transport vehicle developed and produced by RSC Energia is designed to deliver the crews of up to three persons and accompanying cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and also return them to Earth. During its stay on the ISS the vehicle also performs functions of a rescue vehicle and is maintained in constant readiness for the crew urgent descent to Earth.

The new modification vehicles Progress MS and Soyuz MS are developed as a result of deep modernization of the Progress M and Soyuz TMA vehicles. Onboard command radio system Kvant-V is replaced by a single command and telemetry system with an additional telemetry channel. This new command radio link provides the signal reception via relay satellites Luch-5; due to this fact the radio visibility zones of the vehicles are significantly increased – up to 70% of the orbit duration. The vehicles are equipped with rendezvous and docking system Kurs-NA which is an up-to-date onboard radio system. As compared with more earlier version Kurs A, it has the improved weight-dimension characteristics and allows to remove one of three radio antennas from the vehicle equipment. Instead of analog television system Klest, the digital television system is used onboard the vehicles; it allows to maintain communication between the vehicle and the Station by means of board-to-board radio link. The onboard equipment of the Soyuz MS and Progress MS modification vehicles instead of the equipment removed from production also has a new digital standby circuit control unit developed by RSC Energia, upgraded angular rate sensor unit ARSU-3A and LED lamp SFOK. Due to the use of new ground and onboard radio systems it was possible to use up-to-date data transmission protocols, resulting in improved stability of the vehicle control system.

Most of the technical solutions embodied in the design of the Soyuz MS and Progress MS vehicles will be used when developing the new generation manned transport vehicle which is being developed by RSC Energia.

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