03/30/2006 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
06:30 a.m. of Moscow summer time integrated launch vehicle
Soyuz-FG with spacecraft Soyuz TMA-8 was launched to International
Space Station from cosmodrome Baikonur.
The Increment 13 (ISS-13) crew and visiting crew 10
(VC-10) are on board the Russian transport manned
The Soyuz TMA-8 crew consists of: Pavel Vladimirovich
Vinogradov, Russian test cosmonaut (ISS-13 commander
and Soyuz-TMA commander, S.P. Korolev RSC Energia,
Hero of the Russian Federation); Jeffry Nels Williams,
American astronaut (spacecraft flight engineer-1,
ISS-13 flight engineer, U.S. AF Colonel); and Marcos
Cezar Pontes, the first Brazilian astronaut (spacecraft
flight engineer-2 spaceflight participant, BSA astronaut,
Brazil AF Lieutenant Colonel).
The launch task is planned change of Increment 12
(ISS-12) crew and spacecraft Soyuz TMA-7, operating
within the orbital complex as a rescue vehicle from
October 3, 2005.
spacecraft commander is reporting on the crew readiness
for the flight.
The Federal Space Agency and S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space
Corporation Energia leaders are talking with the crew members.
the cosmonaut's training hall.
The main crew is donning flight space suits and checking
them for pressure integrity.
meeting of the State Board was held at which the Soyuz TMA-8
and ISS-13 prime and backup crews were approved, as well
as a decision was made to continue the Soyuz-FG/Soyuz TMA-8
rocket & space complex processing for filling and launch
within the scheduled time – on March 30, 2006, at 6:30 a.m.
The prime crew consists of: Pavel
Vladimirovich Vinogradov, ISS commander and Soyuz-TMA
commander, flight cosmonaut of RF, test cosmonaut of S.P.
Korolev RSC Energia; Jeffry
Nels Williams, spacecraft flight-engineer, ISS-13 flight
engineer, NASA astronaut, U.S. AF Colonel; Marcos
Cezar Pontes, spaceflight participant, BSA astronaut,
Brazil AF Lieutenant Colonel.
The backup crew consists of: Fedor
Nikolaevich Yurchikhin, spacecraft commander and ISS-13
flight-engineer, flight cosmonaut of RF, test cosmonaut of
S.P. Korolev Rocket&Space Corporation Energia; Edward
Michael Fincke, spacecraft flight-engineer, ISS-13 commander,
NASA astronaut, U.S. AF Lieutenant Colonel; Sergey
Alexandrovich Volkov, ISS VC flight engineer, Soyuz TMA
flight engineer-2, test cosmonaut of Yu.A. Gagarin TsPK RGNII,
Lieutenant Colonel of RF Air Force.
5:00 a.m. Moscow Time, the transporter with the Soyuz-FG
launch vehicle and the Soyuz TMA-7 transport spacecraft
left the Assembly and Testing Facility and arrived to the
launch pad for the final pre-launch processing. The Soyuz-FG
- Soyuz TMA-8 system was erected on the launcher. First
launch day activities began.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft was integrated with the launch vehicle in the LV Assembly and Testing Facility. This day a meeting of the Governmental Commission and the Technical Management was held where a decision was made to roll out the launch vehicle carrying Soyuz TMA-8 to the launch pad.
03/26/2006 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-8 prime and backup crews inspected the transport
spacecraft in its launch configuration in the Assembly and
Testing Facility. Additionally the crews had a consultation
on the kits of equipment that are to be delivered to and
returned from orbit on-board Soyuz TMA spacecraft.
Orbital module of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, containing
Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft was transported from the Spacecraft
Assembly and Testing Facility to the Launch Vehicle Assembly
and Testing Facility for integration.
inspection of the Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft was completed.
Payload shroud roll on to the spacecraft was performed.
03/23/2006 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft was docked with the transfer compartment
in the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility.
Transport vehicle Soyuz TMA-8 loaded with propellants and
compressed gases was delivered to the Spacecraft Assembly
and Testing Facility for final processing operations.
The prime crew (P.V.Vinogradov, J. Williams, M. Pontes)
and backup crew (F.N. Yurchikhin, M. Fincke, S.A. Volkov)
of the Soyuz TMA-8 transport spacecraft accomplished the
training during which they performed fit-check of individual
cradles, leak and functional checks of spacesuits, worked
with radio systems and flight documentation, familiarized
with composition of ascent/descent cargoes, and had a lesson
on science experiments.
03/18/2006 Baikonur Cosmodrome.
The prime crew (Pavel V. Vinogradov (Russia), Jeffrey N. Williams (USA), Marcos C. Pontes (Brazil)) and backup crew (Fyodor N. Yurchikhin (Russia), Edward M. Fincke (USA), Sergey A. Volkov (Russia)) of the Soyuz TMA-8 transport spacecraft arrived to the cosmodrome to accomplish training and accept the spacecraft.
March 15, 2006. Korolev, Moscow Region.
At S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia
the regular session of the Board of Chief Designers
on the Russian Segment of the International Space Station
(ISS) was held under the chairmanship of N.N. Sevastianov,
President, General Designer of RSC Energia.
03/11/2006 Korolev, Moscow Region.
On February 28, 2006 RSC Energia hosted the training sessions of Brazilian citizen Marcos Pontes under the training program for the participant in space flight to the International space station (ISS) within 10th Visiting Crew.
02/14/2006 Korolev, Moscow Region.
Rocket and Space Corporation Energia after S.P. Korolev held the meeting of the broadened Scientific-Technical Board according to the agenda “Review of the Problems Facing Russian Manned Cosmonautics Development Over the 2006-2030 Period”. The Corporation’s President, General Designer, Chairman of the Scientific-Technical Board N.N. Sevastiyanov delivered the report entitled “Concept of Manned Cosmonautics Development”.
02.06.2006 Korolev, Moscow Region.
The next training activities under the program for training of International Space Station 13th Prime Expedition (ISS-13) crews were held at RSC Energia after S.P. Korolev.
The training sessions under the program to train the crews of Expedition 13 to
the International Space Station (ISS-13) are in progress at RSC Energia after