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Spacecraft Soyuz MS-02 re-mated to adapter section

October 10, 2016

Today, October 10, specialists from RSC Energia working at the Baikonur launch site have once again performed a sequence of operations to mate a manned transportation spacecraft of the new series Soyuz MS-02 to the adapter section.

The spacecraft preparations for the launch under the International Space Station (ISS) program are being performed at the spacecraft processing facility at the Baikonur launch site.

Planned for the next week under the schedule of processing activities are a designer’s inspection of the spacecraft, roll-on of the payload fairing and transportation of the orbital module containing Soyuz MS-02 from the spacecraft processing facility to the launch vehicle integration and checkout facility to be integrated with Soyuz-FG launch vehicle.

Earlier, the State Commission, taking into account the results of activities to resolve a malfunction in the crew transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-02, made a decision to set the date of its launch to the ISS for October 19, 2016.

The main crew of the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-02 includes Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko and NASA astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough. The backup crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Nikolai Tikhonov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei.

The new-series spacecraft Soyuz MS was developed as a result of a radical upgrade of Soyuz TMA spacecraft. It is designed to deliver crews of up to three and their accompanying cargoes to the International Space Station, as well as to return them to Earth. When attached to the ISS, it also serves as a crew rescue vehicle and is kept permanently ready for emergency crew return to Earth.

 

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