ISS-65 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Akihiko Hoshide

Flight engineers:
leg Novitskiy
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Tomas Pesquet



Soyuz MS-18 passed tests in the anechoic chamber

February 5, 2021

At the Baikonur Launch Site the preflight processing of Soyuz MS-18 manned transportation spacecraft is in good progress. Today as per the preflight schedule a cycle of stand-alone tests of the spacecraft has been performed in the anechoic chamber (AC) of the integration and test facility at Area 254.

Within 24 hours, specialists from RSC Energia and SC Yuzhny performed operations on functionality check of the radio equipment of Kurs-NA system, which ensures rendezvous and docking of Soyuz MS-18 with the International Space Station (ISS). The anechoic chamber is a special-purpose room covered with radar absorbing material to simulate space environment for ground functionality check of the onboard radio systems of Progress MS and Soyuz MS transportation spacecraft. Upon completion of AC tests the spacecraft was installed in the dynamic bench of the integration and test facility for continued prelaunch processing.

The launch of Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with Soyuz-MS-18 to the International Space Station is scheduled for April 2021 from the Baikonur Launch Site. The spacecraft shall deliver the next ISS-65 Expedition crew to the ISS.




June 30, 2021
The launch of LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-17 is planned
April 9, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-18 is launched



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