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 spacecraft is mated to the adapter section

March 30, 2021

At the Baikonur Launch Site the pre-launch processing of the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 under the program of Expeditions 65 and 66 to the International Space Station (ISS) is in progress.

In accordance with the processing schedule, the specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos performed a set of processing operations on mating the Soyuz MS-18 to the adapter section of the launch vehicle upper stage block. The adapter section makes part of the ascent unit and ensures a mechanical coupling of the spacecraft with the payload fairing, as well as integration of Soyuz MS-18 command interface into the Soyuz-2.1a onboard control system.

The launch of Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle carrying MTS Soyuz MS-18 is scheduled for April 9, 2021. The pre-flight preparations of 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) at the launch site are also continued. Their backups are Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Artemiev and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.