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 at filling station

March 28, 2021

Pre-launch processing of the manned transportation spacecraft (MTS) Soyuz MS-18 for the launch under the program of Expeditions 65 and 66 to the International Space Station (ISS) continues at the Baikonur Launch Site. Today specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos started fueling operations.

Yesterday evening, in accordance with the technical managements decision, the spacecraft was delivered to the filling station of Area 31 to have its united propulsion system loaded with compressed gases and propellant components. According to the processing schedule, the fueling operations are to be completed on March 29, when the spacecraft returns to the processing facility of Area 254 to undergo the final stage of prelaunch processing.

The launch of the launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a carrying MTS Soyuz MS-18 to the International Space Station is scheduled for April 9, 2021 from the Baikonur Launch Site.





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