ISS-64 mission


ISS crew:

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



Crews of Soyuz MS-17 arrived at Baikonur

September 27, 2020

The main and backup crews of the manned transportation spacecraft (MTS) Soyuz MS-17 arrived at the Baikonur launch site to complete their pre-flight preparations under the program of Expeditions 63 and 64 to the International Space Station (ISS). They were met at the airfield Krainyi by members of the Technical Management and the State Commission.

The main crew of MTS Soyuz MS-17 consists of: commander Sergei Nikolaevich Ryzhikov (Roscosmos), flight engineer 1 Sergey Kud-Sverchkov (Roscosmos) and flight engineer 2 Kathleen Rubins (NASA). The backup crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Viktorovich Novitski and Petr Valerievich Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei.

Commanders of the crews reported to the management that they are ready for preflight training and acceptance of Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft. After that the cosmonauts and astronauts set off for the Testing and Training Complex of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, where they are to go through a full cycle of pre-flight training sessions and daily medical checkups.

Tomorrow the crews will have their first training session inside the spacecraft. During this first fit-check they will practice standard on-the-spot procedures inside their descent vehicle, familiarize themselves with onboard documentation and run tests of onboard systems.

The launch of the launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a carrying the MTS Soyuz MS-17 to the International Space Station is scheduled for October 14, 2020 from the Baikonur launch site.





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