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ISS crew:

Commander -
Christopher Cassidy
Flight engineers:
Anatoly Ivanishin
Ivan Wagner



RSC Energia. Council of chief designers

August 2, 2019

RSC Energia (which is included in State Corporation Roscosmos) held a session of the Council of Chief Designers for the Russian Segment (RS) of the International Space Station (ISS).

A report about the tasks involved in preparing for launch a Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS) Soyuz MS-14 was made by the general director of RSC Energia Nikolai Sevastianov. He pointed out that this launch was given special attention, because it was a developmental mission that was to usher in manned flights of the Soyuz MS spacecraft on the launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1. The upcoming launch of Soyuz MS was preceded by 8 successful launches of Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying Progress MS. The general director of the corporation reminded that starting from 2020 the launches of manned spacecraft Soyuz MS will be carried out using Soyuz-2.1a from the launch pad No.31 of the Baikonur launch site.

Deputy general designer for advanced space systems of the corporation Igor Khamits reported on completion of tasks involved in transferring the launches of Soyuz MS manned spacecraft to the Soyuz 2.1a launch vehicle and the flight testing program of the integrated space launching system CTS Soyuz MS/LV Soyuz-2.1a.

A report on the readiness for flight testing of the integrated space launching system which includes Soyuz MS-14 was made by a representative of the Rocket and Space Center Progress Sergein Volkov.

The progress report on the preparations for the launch of the Crew Transportation Spacecraft Soyuz MS-14 was made by the first deputy general director of RSC Energia Sergei Romanov.

Reports on the readiness of all the systems and instrumentation of Soyuz MS-14 and the ISS RS were also made by chief designers, responsible representatives of RSC Energia and other organizations involved in the program: NII TP, Russian Space Systems, TsNII RTK, NPP Kvant, NPO IT, Orbita, NPP Zvezda, MKB Iskra, Research Institute for Parachute Engineering, KB KhimMash, NITS, NII SK, TsENKI, TsNIIMash, Rosaviatsiya, Cosmonaut Training Center, KB Salyut and others.

A representative of NPO Android Technology Igor Sokhin told about the purpose of the space experiment Tester which was to test an Anthropomorphic Robotic System (ARS) Skybot F-850.

The mission plan for the upcoming period and a report on the readiness of the ISS, Lead Operations Control Team (LOCT) and flight support assets for the Soyuz MS-14 activities were presented by the first deputy general designer for flight operation and testing of rocket and space systems of RSC Energia Vladimir Soloviev.

At the end of the session the Council of Chief Designers approved RSC Energia proposals on the plan of the upcoming activities to prepare Soyuz MS-14 for launch on August 22, 2019. Taking into account the actual status, the Council of Chief Designers made a decision to authorize the ISS RS to proceed with the Soyuz MS-14 activities.

RSC Energia (which is a part of State Corporation ROSCOSMOS) 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.

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. Roskosmos 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. Its functions also include development of international cooperation in space, as well as creating conditions for using results of space activities for social and economic development of Russia.




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