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Crews of Soyuz MS-03 are training in the spacecraft

November 2, 2016

Members of the main and backup crews of the new-series Crew Transportation Spacecraft Soyuz MS-03 have embarked on their final training sessions at the Baikonur launch site which include drills in the on-the-spot activities inside the spacecraft.

Earlier, the Technical Management held a meeting at which a decision was made to proceed with filling Soyuz MS-03 with rocket propellant components and compressed gases.

ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson included in the main crew of ISS-50/51 tried on Sokol-KV spacesuits and after the spacesuit 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-03 Crew Transportation Spacecraft arrived at the Baikonur launch site on Tuesday, November 1. Their backup crew consists of a Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor YURCHIKHIN, a NASA astronaut Jack FISCHER, and an ESA astronaut Paolo NESPOLI.

The launch of the CTS Soyuz MS-03 with the crew of the next expedition to the International Space Station is scheduled for November 17, 2016 from the Baikonur launch site.

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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