ISS-65 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Akihiko Hoshide

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



Final assembly of the launch vehicle with Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft

April 5, 2021

At the Baikonur Launch Site the planned pre-flight processing of the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz S-18 under the program of Expeditions 65 and 66 to the International Space Station (ISS) is being completed.

Today specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos performed a set of processing operations on the final assembly of the integrated launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1 with Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft in the integration and test facility at Area 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site.

At the end of the subsequent meeting, the technical management and the State Commission issued a decision on readiness of the rocket and space complex for tomorrow's roll-out and installation at the launch site.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle carrying Soyuz MS-18 is scheduled for April 9, 2021 under the program of Expeditions 65 and 66 to the International Space Station. The prime crew consists 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. Soyuz MS-18 shall deliver 169 kg of payloads to the ISS, including kits for space experiments and biomedical research, consumable equipment and an auxiliary set of onboard documentation, hygiene products and selections of fresh produce, as well as a souvenir photo of Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin and jubilee symbolic items for the 60th anniversary of the first human space flight.




July 21, 2021
LV Proton-M with MLM Nauka is launched
June 30, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-17 is launched



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