The crew of Soyuz MS-16 is back home
October 22, 2020
Crew members of the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-16, which undocked today from the International Space Station on October 22, 2020 at 02:32 Moscow Time, have successfully returned to Earth at 05:54:12 Moscow Time. All the operations associated with the descent from orbit and landing went normally. Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, and the NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy feel well.
50th anniversary of the launch of the lunar probe Zond 8
October 20, 2020
On October 20, 1970, a heavy launch vehicle Proton-K lifted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying the spacecraft 7K-1L No.14 towards the Moon. The successful launch of the spacecraft, which was given the post-launch name of Zond-8, completed our country’s unmanned program of developmental tests in preparation for a manned circumlunar mission.
Anniversary turned Remembrance Day
October 20, 2020
October 15 marks 65 years since the birth of Evgeny Anatolyevich Mikrin.
First time it only took 3 hours: Soyuz MS-17 docked with ISS
October 14, 2020
General designer/first deputy general director of the Corporation, general designer for manned space systems of Russia, a member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Military-Industrial Commission of the Russian Federation, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Evgeni Anatolievich Mikrin. He earned all his positions, titles and awards while working at Energia, where he lived through almost forty difficult and happy years of an exciting and disappointingly short life!
At 11:48:50 Moscow Time, just a little bit more than three hours after its lift-off, the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft completed a normal docking with the Rassvet module of the Russian Segment of the International Space Station. It was the world’s first docking with the ISS of a manned spacecraft that had completed just two orbits around Earth. In addition to this, a new record was established for flights to the International Space Station – the total time from Soyuz MS-17 to docking was 3 hours and 3 minutes. The previous record had been set by the cargo spacecraft Progress MS-15, which took 3 hours and 18 minutes.
Soyuz MS-17 is launched to the ISS
October 14, 2020
Today, on October 14, 2020 at 08:45 Moscow time launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a with Soyuz MS-17 manned transportation spacecraft was launched from Pad 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site. On the ninth minute of the flight the spacecraft normally separated from the third stage and entered a target near-earth orbit.
Soyuz MS-17 crews confirmed
October 13, 2020
The State Commission for conducting flight testing of manned space systems chaired by the general director of State Corporation Roscosmos Dmitri Rogozin has approved the primary and backup crews of the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-17. The findings of the State Commission also confirm the readiness of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle and of the ground infrastructure for the launch under the program of Expeditions 63 and 64 to the International Space Station.
Launch Vehicle with Soyuz MS-17 manned spacecraft is installed on the launch pad
October 11, 2020
This morning the integrated launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1à with the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-17 was rolled out of the launch vehicle integration and test facility and erected on the launch pad of Area 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site.
Final Assembly of the Launch Vehicle with Soyuz MS-17 manned spacecraft
October 9, 2020
According to the L-2 day schedule the launch teams began to perform processing operations on preflight testing of ILV systems and assemblies with the interface check of the onboard and ground equipment of the rocket and space complex.
At the Baikonur Launch Site, the planned pre-flight processing of the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-17 for launch to the International Space Station (ISS) under the ISS-63/64 expeditions program is being completed.
Soyuz MS-17 Manned Spacecraft is ready for final assembly with the launch vehicle
October 8, 2020
Throughout this day, the specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos performed a set of processing operations on final assembly of the Soyuz-2.1a integrated launch vehicle with Soyuz MS-17 in the integration and test facility of Area 31 at the Baikonur Launch Site.
At the Baikonur Launch Site, the ascent unit with the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz ÌS-17 was transported for final assembly of the integrated launch vehicle.
Soyuz MS-17 Crews Performed a Check Inspection of the Spacecraft
October 7, 2020
Today, specialists from RSC Energia and affiliated enterprises of Roscosmos performed a set of processing operations on loading and transporting by rail the spacecraft to the integration and test facility of the launch vehicle in Area 31.
The participants of the forthcoming expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) performed the second “fit check”, i.e. check inspection of Soyuz MS-17 manned transportation spacecraft in the flight configuration at the Baikonur Launch Site.
Designer’s inspection of Soyuz MS-17 and encapsulation of the fairing
October 5, 2020
Following the introduction briefing the prime and backup crewmembers by turn took their seats in the spacecraft, familiarized with the payloads and operating equipment accommodation in the descent module and habitation compartment, as well as checked functionality of the onboard systems in a test mode.
At the Baikonur launch site the pre-launch processing of manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-17 for launch on October 14 to the International Space Station (ISS) under the ISS-63/64 expeditions program is in progress.
The first in orbit
October 4, 2020
According to the processing schedule, the specialists from RSC Energia and specialized enterprises of Roscosmos conducted a designer’s inspection of Soyuz MS-17, performed processing operations on encapsulation of the fairing, and checked the launch readiness of the spacecraft within the ascent unit.
63 years ago, on the evening of October 4, 1957, an intercontinental ballistics missile R-7 carrying the world’s first artificial earth satellite was launched from the Tyuratam test range (now known as the Baikonur cosmodrome). 315 seconds into the flight, the 83 kilogram spacecraft entered the Earth orbit, separated from the core stage of the launch vehicle, and proclaimed with its beep-beep signal the beginning of the new space age in the history of mankind.
Spacecraft Soyuz MS-17 mated to adapter section
October 2, 2020
Pre-launch processing continues at Baikonur cosmodrome of the manned transportation spacecraft (MTS) Soyuz MS-17.
Spacecraft Soyuz MS-17 filled with propellant components and compressed gases
October 1, 2020
In accordance with the schedule, specialists from RSC Energia and core companies of Roscosmos completed the sequence of operations to mate the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-17 to the adapter section of the third stage of the launch vehicle. The adapter section is a part of the ascent unit and provides a mechanical link between the spacecraft and the payload fairing, as well as integration of the Soyuz MS-17 command interface into the onboard control system of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle.
At Baikonur launch, site specialists from RSC Energia and core companies of Roscosmos have completed the operations to load the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-17 with propellant components and compressed gases.
After fuelling operations, the spacecraft was delivered to the processing facility of Area 254 and installed into the dynamic test stand for further pre-launch processing operations, which include stowage of payloads and installation of multi-layer insulation, spacecraft weight check and its mating with the launch vehicle adaptor section.