ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov



Soyuz MS-18 Vacuum Chamber Tests Completed

March 17, 2021

At the Baikonur Launch Site the preflight processing of Soyuz MS-18 manned transportation spacecraft is in good progress. Today according to the work schedule specialists from RSC Energia and SC Yuzhnyi completed leak tests of the spacecraft in the vacuum chamber of the integration and test facility at Area 254.

A cycle of pneumatic vacuum tests of large space hardware using a helium-air medium in test volumes is conducted for the objective monitoring of stringent requirements for pressurization integrity of the spacecraft compartments and onboard systems under ground conditions.

The launch of launch vehicle Soyuz 2.1 carrying Soyuz MS-18 is scheduled for April 9, 2021 from the Baikonur launch site.