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 embarked on the final stage of their preparations

September 28, 2020

The final stage of preparations of the main and backup crews of the manned transportation spacecraft (MTS) Soyuz MS-17 for the mission under the program of Expeditions 63 and 64 to the International Space Station (ISS) has begun at the Baikonur launch site.

In accordance with the pre-flight preparations schedule, the cosmonauts and astronauts performed a fit-check of their flight spacesuits, checked them for leakage and took their seats in the spacecraft. The crew checked the support systems, examined the mission plan, got acquainted with the onboard documentation, and the cargoes to be delivered to the ISS. Further launch site activities of the expedition participants include practice drills in the manual docking of the spacecraft to the ISS, a check of the kits with scientific equipment, practicing ballistic operations and other preparatory procedures.

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.

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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