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Soyuz MS-03 space vehicle is docked with the transfer compartment

November 7, 2016

Today, on November 7, RSC Energia specialists successfully completed the set of technological operations for the Soyuz MS-03 new modification manned transport vehicle (MTV) docking with the transfer compartment at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The vehicle pre-launch processing under the International Space Station (ISS) is provided in the spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility (SC ATF) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Earlier the vehicle was fueled with propellant components and compressed gases.

According to the schedule of preparatory operation the following is scheduled for the next week: the vehicle designer’s inspection, the fairing encapsulation and transportation of the upper stage with MTV Soyuz MS-03 from SC ATF to the launch vehicles Assembly and Testing Facility for general assembly with launch vehicle Soyuz-FG.

The launch of MTV Soyuz MS-03 carrying the crew of the next long-duration tour to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled on November 17, 2016 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Oleg NOVITSKY, ESA astronaut Thomas PESQUET and NASA astronaut Peggy WHITSON are prime crewmembers of the ISS-50/51. ROSCOSMOS astronaut Fedor YURCHIKHIN, NASA astronaut Jack FISHER and ESA astronaut Paolo NESPOLI are their backup crewmembers.

Soyuz MS new modification vehicle was developed as a result of deep upgrade of Soyuz TMA. It is designed to deliver crews of up to three crewmembers and associated cargo to the International Space Station, as well as their return to the Earth. When attached to the ISS, the vehicle also serves as a crew rescue vehicle and is kept in constant readiness for urgent crew descent to the Earth.

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