ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

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



July 2, 2013
About the launch of integrated launch vehicle Proton-M with upper stage Block DM-03 and a cluster of Glonass-M spacecraft

An off-nominal situation occurred at the Baikonur launch site during the launch of Proton-M launch vehicle (LV) with the upper stage Block DM-03 and a cluster of Glonass-M spacecraft soon after the LV first stage came into action, which resulted in the LV crashing into the ground and exploding in the launch pad area.

The LV mission was to deliver the orbital module consisting of the upper stage and a cluster of spacecraft into a low Earth orbit, from where the upper stage was to deliver the spacecraft cluster into its target orbit around Earth.


For reference:

  1. The LV lifted-off at 06:38 Moscow Time.
  2. During ascent into the low Earth orbit the orbital module operates in passive mode until it separates from the LV at the end of the third stage operation, after which the spacecraft cluster is delivered to its target orbit as a result of two burns of the main engine on the upper stage.




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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