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 has been fueled with propellant components and compressed gases

March 30, 2021

At the Baikonur Launch Site the specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos completed fueling of manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 with propellant components and compressed gases.

After fueling the spacecraft was transported to the integration and test facility of Area 254, and installed on the dynamic bench for further processing operations, including payload loading and installation of multilayer thermal insulation, check weighing of the spacecraft and its mating to the adapter section of the launch vehicle.

The launch of the launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a carrying MTS Soyuz MS-18 is scheduled for April 9, 2021 from the Baikonur launch site under the program of Expeditions 65 and 66 to the International Space Station (ISS). The pre-flight preparations at the launch site are being continued by the prime crew of the spacecraft consisting of commander leg Novitskiy (Roscosmos), flight engineer 1 Petr Dubrov (Roscosmos) and flight engineer 2 Mark Vande Hei (NASA). Their backups are Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Artemiev and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.