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RSC Energia: Spacecraft Soyuz S-11 is launched from Baikonur

December 4, 2018

Today, on December 3, at 14:31 Moscow time integrated launch vehicle Soyuz-FG carrying the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-11 with the ISS 58/59 Expedition crew was launched from Pad No.1 (Gagarins launch pad) of the Baikonur Launch Site.

The spacecraft crewmembers are commander Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos cosmonaut) and flight engineers David Saint-Jacques (CSA, Canada); and Anne McClain (NASA, the USA).

After the spacecraft separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle, specialists of the Lead Operational Control Team of the ISS Russian Segment (ISS RS LOCT) at the Mission Control Center assumed control over its mission.

Onboard the International Space Station Soyuz-MS-11 crew will be met by the station commander, astronaut Alexander Gerst (Germany), flight engineers ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Sergey Prokopiev, and NASA astronaut Serena Aunon-Chancellor.

The spacecraft onboard systems operate normally.

According to the telemetry information, the spacecraft was injected into a low earth orbit and separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle as scheduled. After separation all antennas and solar arrays were deployed. The systems and assemblies of the upgraded spacecraft operate normally. The crewmembers feel good.

The mission plan calls for using a short flight profile to rendezvous the manned transportation spacecraft with the ISS. The spacecraft docking to the station is scheduled for 20:47 Moscow time. Soyuz MS-11 approach to the station and docking are to be performed in automatic mode under supervision of the ISS RS LOCT specialists at MCC and Russian crewmembers of the transportation spacecraft and the station.

Soyuz MS-11 will deliver 152 kg of various cargo for the Russian cosmonauts and our ISS partners. These include system equipment, habitable environment monitoring devices, equipment for experiments, life support and personal crew items.

The expedition tasks include: handling the Russian and US cargo vehicles, keeping station in a good working order, carrying out extravehicular activities under the programs of the Russian and US segments, performing photo and video imagery for historical purposes of the ISS RS flight, and symbolic activities.

This December an EVA from the ISS RS is scheduled. The main task of Sergey Prokopiev and Oleg Kononenko will be an external inspection of Soyuz S-11 surface. The next EVA session is planned for spring 2019.

The manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS developed and built by RSC Energia is designed to deliver the crews of up to three members and their accompanying cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), 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.

 

RSC Energia is the leader in the rocket and space industry, and the prime contractor for manned space systems. The Corporation conducts work on the development of unmanned space and rocket systems (launch vehicles and orbital transfer vehicles), and high-technology systems for various non-space applications.

SC ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August of 2015 in order to conduct a comprehensive reform of the rocket and space industry in Russia+. State Corporation Roscosmos assures implementation of the Government policies in the field of space activities and provides for them a legal and regulatory framework, as well as places orders for the development, production and delivery of space hardware and space infrastructure facilities. The functions of the State Corporation also include development of international cooperation in space, and creating conditions for using results of space activities in social and economic development of Russia.

 

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December 3, 2018
LV Soyuz-FG with SC Soyuz MS-11 is launched
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LV Soyuz-FG with SC Progress MS-10 is launched

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