ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov



December 5, 2010.
S.P. Korolev RSC Energia,
Baikonur launch site - Baikonur cosmodrome

The launch of Proton-M launch vehicle (LV) with Upper Stage 11861-03 and three spacecraft (SC) GLONASS-M was performed from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 13:25 Moscow time.

The objective of the launch is the generation completion of the Russian constellation of Global Navigation Satellite System GLONASS.

As a result of the Proton LV off-nominal operation the Ascent Unit consisting of three satellites GLONASS-M and Upper Stage 11861-03 was injected into off-design flight trajectory and submerged in the Pacific ocean 1500 km to the north-west of Honolulu, administrative center of Hawaii.

The Commission to reveal the trouble causes and establish a procedure for further actions is appointed at Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos).


 For reference:

  1. US DM developed and manufactured by S.P. Korolev RSC Energia are designed for SC delivery from low-earth orbits to high-energy orbits including geostationary orbit and also to translunar and solar system planets trajectories. They operate using ecologically safe propellant components (LOX and kerosine). These blocks have long-standing operation statistics confirming their high technical and operating characteristics. Currently their modern modifications are used.



October 28, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-18 is launched
October 5, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-19 is launched



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