ISS-65 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Akihiko Hoshide

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



Kazbeks arrived at the ISS

April 9, 2021

Manned transportation spacecraft Yu.. Gagarin (Soyuz MS-18) carrying the crew of the 65 Expedition to the International Space Station nearly 3,5 hours after the launch at 14:05:05 Moscow time nominally docked to module Rassvet of the ISS Russian Segment. For that end, it made two circumplanetary orbits.

The rendezvous was performed using a two-orbit rendezvous profile in an automatic mode under the direction of specialists of the Lead Operations Control Team of the ISS Russian Segment (S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia being part of State Corporation Roscosmos). At present, the Soyuz and ISS crews are performing preparatory operations to open the transfer hatches, i.e. conduct leak checks of the spacecraft compartments and provide pressure equalization between the spacecraft and the station, as well as taking off spacesuits Sokol Kv-2.

Upon completion of the leak test between the spacecraft and module Rassvet preliminary at 16:00 Moscow time the transfer hatches are to be opened. After that the Soyuz-18 crew consisting Roscosmos cosmonauts leg Novistkiy, Petr Dubrov and NASA astronaut will transfer to the ISS. They will join the crew working aboard the station consisting of Sergei Ryshikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov, Kathleen Rubins, Michael Hopkins, Viktor Glover, Shennon Walker and Soichi Noguchi. Live broadcast of this operation will be accessible in section Live broadcast from 15:40 Moscow time.

Transfer to a new so called super-fast profile became possible only due to putting into operation the Soyuz -2.1 launch vehicle which enabled to launch space vehicles to a target orbit with the highest accuracy owing to its control system performance and capabilities. An important aspect in the implementation of the two-orbit rendezvous profile consists in establishing the required working orbit of the ISS in advance and exactly following the pre-programmed autonomous guidance routine loaded in the Soyuz MS computer. The first to arrive to the International Space Station using the super-quick profile was the logistic spacecraft Progress MS-09 in the summer of 2018, and two years later it was already a manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-17, which took 3 hours 3 minutes to get there.





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