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Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft crews arrived at Baikonur

March 4, 2018

On March 4, 2018 the prime and the backup crews of manned transport spacecraft Soyuz MS-08 arrived at the Baikonur cosmodrome for pre-launch training for a space flight.

The prime crew of the Soyuz-08 spacecraft consists of the spacecraft commander, ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Oleg ARTEMIEV, flight engineers, NASA astronauts Andrew FEUSTEL and Richard ARNOLD. The backup crew consists of the spacecraft commander, ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Alexei OVCHININ and flight engineer, NASA astronaut Nick HAGUE.

After the report to the Management the crews were sent to the Test Training Complex of the Cosmonaut Training Center where within the next few weeks before the launch they have to undergone a number of trainings, studies and briefings, namely the next day after arrival at BAIKONUR on March 5 the cosmonauts will receive the first training in the spacecraft. Later on the prime and the backup crewmembers will study onboard documentation, the flight program and ballistics of the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft, provide training in manual proximity operations, get familiar with new communication and direction measurement system Rassvet-3BM, be instructed in safety precautions and actions in emergency situations, etc. Special attention will be paid to practical studies to perform space experiment Ekon-M which envisages the receipt of information for ecological study of the given areas of the Earth. Cosmonauts and astronauts will also go in for physical training every day, pass medical examination and train for spaceflight factors.

On March 15 cosmonauts and astronauts will receive the second training in the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft and on March 16 they will take part in open training for which mass media are allowed.

The launch of the Soyuz FG launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft is planned for March 21, 2018 from Launch Pad No. 1 (Gagarin’s launch pad).

 

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