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ISS crew:

Commander -
Sergey Ryzhikov
Flight engineers:
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
Kathleen Rubins
Michael Hopkins
Victor Glover
Shannon Walker
Soichi Noguchi


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RSC Energia: Soyuz MS-03 has passed designer’s inspection

November 9, 2016

Today, November 9, specialists from RSC Energia working at the Baikonur launch site have conducted a designer’s inspection of the new-series crew transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-03 and rolled on the payload fairing of Soyuz-FG launch vehicle.

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 is transportation of the orbital module containing Soyuz MS-03 from the spacecraft processing facility to the launch vehicle integration and checkout facility to be integrated with Soyuz-FG launch vehicle.

The launch of the CTS Soyuz MS-03 with the crew of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for November 17, 2016 from the Baikonur launch site. The main crew of ISS-50/51 consists of a Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. Their backups are a Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor YURCHIKHIN, a NASA astronaut Jack FISCHER, and an ESA astronaut Paolo NESPOLI.

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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