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RSC Energia: Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft sent to integration with the launch vehicle

November 11, 2016

Today, on November 11, a new-series crew transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-03 developed and built by RSC Energia was transported by rail as a part of the upper composite to the site where it will be integrated with the launch vehicle Soyuz-FG.

The final assembly is scheduled for November 13 in the launch vehicle processing facility within the framework of preparations for a launch under the International Space Station (ISS) Program.

Prior to sending the upper composite unit with Soyuz MS-03 to the final integration, a second fit check was performed in the spacecraft processing facility, in the course of which the primary and backup crews familiarized themselves with the controls and checked out in the test mode the operational integrity of various systems of the upgraded spacecraft.

The launch of the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft with the crew of the next expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for November 17, 2016 from Area No.1 (“Gagarin’s launch pad”) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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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