ISS-63 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Christopher Cassidy
Flight engineers:
Anatoly Ivanishin
Ivan Wagner



Prelaunch Processing of Manned Spacecraft Soyuz S-16

February 27, 2020

Specialists from RSC Energia (part of Roscosmos State Corporation) continue their work at Baikonur Cosmodrome according to the pre-flight test schedule of the Soyuz MS-16 transport manned spacecraft.

After delivery to the cosmodrome Soyuz MS-16 remained in a storage mode on the territory of the assembly and testing facility at site No.254 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. On January 28 the spacecraft was removed from storage and installed in the processing facility bench to carry out planned operations of the initial ground processing phase. At present the spacecraft is being exposed to standalone tests, successfully completing a cycle of test activations of the service equipment, diagnostic testing of electronic computing and radio navigation equipment, leak tests and testing of the onboard systems.

The launch of upgraded Soyuz-2.1a integrated launch vehicle with Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft is scheduled for April 9, 2020. The spacecraft shall deliver participants of Expedition 62/63 to the International Space Station.




October, 2020
The launch of LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-17 is planned
July 23, 2020
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-15 is launched



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