March 26, 2009, Baikonur launch site,
branch office of S.P.Korolev RSC Energia

In accordance with the mission plan of the International Space Station (ISS) and Russian commitments under the ISS project, a manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-14 was launched from Baikonur launch site at 14:49:18 Moscow Time.
The objective of the launch was to deliver to the ISS the Expedition 19 crew (ISS-19): cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (Commander of the spacecraft and ISS-19/20, Russia), astronaut Michael Barratt (flight engineer of the spacecraft and flight engineer 1 of ISS-19/20, US), as well as a space flight participant Charles Simonyi (US), who is flying under the program of the 16th visiting mission to ISS. For Charles Simonyi, this is his second space flight.
The spacecraft was put into a parking low-Earth orbit with the following parameters: 51.65 inclination, 199.0 km minimal altitude, 250.9 km maximum altitude, 88.7 minutes orbital period.
The onboard systems of the spacecraft operate normally.
At the launch site, the spacecraft prelaunch processing and launch were performed under the direction of the State Commission (chaired by the head of Roscosmos A.N.Perminov). The Commission was basing its decisions to proceed with each next step in processing and launching on the opinions of the Technical Management headed by the President of RSC Energia, Designer General V.A.Lopota.
According to the telemetry data and reports from the crew of ISS Expedition 18, the space station systems operate in normal mode. The station is ready for docking with the spacecraft.

 For reference:

  1. Currently working onboard ISS is the ISS-18 crew consisting of: NASA astronaut Michael Fincke (crew commander), Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov (flight engineer 1) and Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (flight engineer 2).
  2. S.P.Korolev RSC Energia is the prime manned space flight organization in the Russian rocket and space industry, responsible for the development of the ISS Russian Segment, its integration into the Space Station and its operation, including development and operation of principal Russian modules (Zvezda, Pirs, etc.), manufacturing, launch and operation of Soyuz TMA and Progress M spacecraft.
  3. The spacecraft docking with ISS is scheduled for March 28, 2009, at 16:14 Moscow Time, to the instrumentation and propulsion compartment of the Zvezda Service Module of he Russian segment of the space station.




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