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Kathleen Rubins
Michael Hopkins
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Soichi Noguchi


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RSC Energia: the crew of the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft has been approved

November 16, 2016

On November 16 the State Commission at the Baikonur Cosmodrome approved the lists of the prime and the backup crews of the modernized manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-03 and confirmed the readiness of the integrated space launch system Soyuz FG/Soyuz MS-03 and its ground infrastructure for the launch under the ISS program.

The prime crew consisted of ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Oleg NOVITSKY (the crew commander), ESA astronaut Thomas PESQUET (flight engineer) and NASA astronaut Peggy WHITSON (flight engineer-2). Approved as their backup crew are ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Fedor YURCHIKHIN, NASA astronaut Jack FISHER and ESA astronaut Paolo NESPOLI.

After the meeting of the State Commission the prime and the backup crewmembers answered the questions of the Russian and foreign journalists at the traditional pre-flight press conference.

The roll-out of the launch vehicle with Soyuz MS-03 from the Assembly and Testing Facility and its installation in a vertical position on the launch pad of Area 1 (Gagarin’s launch pad) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome occurred on November 14. The spacecraft launch is scheduled on November 17.

The modernized manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS developed and produced by RSC Energia is designed to deliver crews of up to three crewmembers and associated cargo to the International Space Station, as well as to return them to the Earth. When attached to the ISS, it also serves as a rescue vehicle and is kept in constant readiness for the urgent crew descent to the Earth. The new series Progress MS and Soyuz MS spacecraft is a result of deep upgrade of Progress M and Soyuz TMA spacecraft. Most of the technical solutions laid down in Soyuz MS and Progress MS spacecraft design will be used in the development of new-generation manned transportation spacecraft Federatsiya being developed by RSC Energia.


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