60 years since the first human manned space flight
April 12, 2021
On April 12, 1961, at 9 hours 6 minutes 59 seconds Moscow time, a three-stage launch vehicle "Vostok" carrying satellite-spacecraft 3KA No.3 "Vostok" , which was piloted by the first ever cosmonaut Yuri Alekseevich Gagarin was launched from the 1st pad of the research and test site No.5 of the Ministry of Defense of the USSR (today the Baikonur Launch Site). After 12.5 minutes, the spacecraft with a human on board separated from the last stage of the launch vehicle and was inserted into a low-earth orbit, thereby ushering in era of the world manned astronautics.
Kazbeks arrived at the ISS
April 9, 2021
Manned transportation spacecraft «Yu.À. 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.
Soyuz MS-18 is launched to the ISS
April 9, 2021
Today, on April 9, 2021 at 10:42 Moscow time launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a with Soyuz MS-18 manned transportation spacecraft was launched from Pad 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site. On the ninth minute of the flight the spacecraft normally separated from the third stage and entered a target near-earth orbit.
Soyuz MS-18 crews confirmed
April 8, 2021
The State Commission for conducting flight tests of manned space systems has approved the primary and backup crews of Soyuz MS-18. In addition to this, the readiness of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle and the ground infrastructure for the launch under the program of ISS-65/66 Expeditions to the International Space Station has been confirmed.
Launch Vehicle with Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft is installed on the launch pad
April 6, 2021
This morning the integrated launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1à with the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 was rolled out of the launch vehicle integration and test facility and erected on the launch pad of Area 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site.
Final assembly of the launch vehicle with Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft
April 5, 2021
According to the L-2 day schedule the launch teams began to perform processing operations on preflight testing of ILV systems and assemblies with the interface check of the onboard and ground equipment of the rocket and space complex.
At the Baikonur Launch Site the planned pre-flight processing of the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz ÌS-18 under the program of Expeditions 65 and 66 to the International Space Station (ISS) is being completed.
Soyuz ÌS-18 manned spacecraft is ready for final assembly with the Launch Vehicle
April 4, 2021
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-2.1à with Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft in the integration and test facility at Area 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site.
At the Baikonur Launch Site the ascent unit with the Soyuz-18 manned transportation spacecraft (MTS) was transported for the final assembly of the integrated launch vehicle.
Soyuz MS-18 crews performed a check inspection of the spacecraft
April 4, 2021
Today specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos performed a set of processing operations on loading and sending the spacecraft to the assembly and test facility of the launch vehicle at Area 31.
At the Baikonur Launch Site the participants of the upcoming expedition to the International Space Station performed the second “fitting”, i.e. a check inspection of the Soyuz-18 manned transportation spacecraft (MTS) in the flight configuration.
Designer’s Inspection of Soyuz MS-18 and Encapsulation of the Fairing
April 2, 2021
Following the introductory briefing the prime and backup crewmembers in turns took their places in the spacecraft, familiarized themselves with the accommodation of the payloads and equipment in the descent module and habitable compartment, as well as checked the functionality of the onboard systems in a test mode.
At the Baikonur Launch Site the pre-launch processing of manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 for launch on April 9 to the International Space Station (ISS) under the ISS-65/66 Expeditions program is in progress.
According to the processing schedule, the specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos conducted a designer’s inspection of Soyuz MS-18, performed processing operations on encapsulation of the fairing, and checked the launch readiness of the spacecraft within the ascent unit.