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Spacecraft 'fit-check’ at Energia

March 28, 2018

Roscosmos cosmonauts Nikolai Tikhonov and Andrei Babakin took part in the so-called ‘fit-check’ of Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft which is currently standing in the assembly jig at the Corporation where it is being built.

Within the framework of the final spacecraft processing operations, the cosmonauts, accompanied by engineers, conducted a preliminary visual inspection and checks of the spacecraft equipment and familiarized themselves with cargo layout, with engineering mock-ups standing in for the actual flight kits. As noted by specialists, it is very important for cosmonauts to get a feel of the actual spacecraft interior, since the training mockup only gives an approximate idea of what is inside the cabin volume. Such exercises are also important for the engineers because they will have to accompany the future crew at Baikonur.

- At present the cosmonauts can inspect the entire spacecraft, they can even have a look into the space below the seats. You won’t have a chance to do this with a flight model of a spacecraft at Baikonur. At the launch site the spacecraft is ready for the mission, while here it is still being configured and prepared. And the most important thing is for the crew to get used to and to settle into this cramped and confined cabin volume, - said Gennadi Tolstoy, representative of the RSC Energia department for crew technical training and activities design.

– This isn’t a training mockup, this is the actual hardware that eventually you are going to operate. And just as sailors and pilots who always talk to their machines treat the hardware as a living thing, for me it’s the same thing here. The first time they meet each other, the sooner it happens, the better. The vehicle is almost ready: control panel, joysticks, spacecraft systems. So both the hardware and the humans are getting ready, this is a kind of a joint process, - summed up the results of the technical ‘fit-check’ cosmonaut Nikolai Tikhonov.

Soyuz MS-10 is a Russian crue transportation spacecraft. The launch is scheduled for September 2018 from the Baikonur launch site. The spacecraft will deliver to the International Space Station the participants in Expeditions ISS-57/58.

 

 

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