ISS-64 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Sergey Ryzhikov
Flight engineers:
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
Kathleen Rubins
Michael Hopkins
Victor Glover
Shannon Walker
Soichi Noguchi



Soyuz MS-16 launched to the ISS

April 9, 2020

Today, on April 9, 2020 at 11:05:06 Moscow Time, the launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a carrying the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-16 lifted-off from Launch Pad No.31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. At 11:13:56 Moscow Time the spacecraft successfully separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle in the target orbit.

The spacecraft carries the crew consisting of Roscosmos cosmonauts Anantoly Ivanishin (commander) and Ivan Vagner (flight engineer-1) and a NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy (flight engineer-2). At present Soyuz MS-16 continues its free flight to the International Space Station guided by specialists of the Lead Operational Control Team for the ISS Russian Segment at the Mission Control Center (Korolev).

The rendezvous of the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-16ft with the International Space Station and docking with the Poisk module of the Russian Segment are to be carried out automatically using the four-orbit rendezvous profile. The docking is scheduled for 17:15:00 Moscow Time, the live broadcast will start at 16:45 Moscow Time.

Todays launch was the first time a Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle launched a manned spacecraft of the Soyuz MS series with a crew onboard (an unmanned launch took place on August 22, 2019). The rocket Soyuz-2.1a has replaced Soyuz-FG as the launch vehicle carrying cosmonauts and astronauts to the space station.

Soyuz-2.1a is a Russian launch vehicle designed to put into orbit all kinds of spacecraft including manned spacecraft and satellites. The digital control system of the rocket was developed by engineers from NPO Avtomatiki (a part of State Corporation Roscosmos): it has a set of base units belonging to the Malakhit family. The main advantage of Soyuz-2.1a over Soyuz-FG is its digital rather than analog control system.





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