December 23, 2009 S.P.Korolev RSC Energia - MCC-M,
Korolev, Moscow region
The Russian Soyuz TMA-17 manned transport spacecraft has docked with the International Space Station (ISS).
After a two-day free flight in low Earth orbit, the spacecraft approached the ISS. The station rendezvous, its flyby, stationkeeping and berthing were performed in automatic mode.
The contact with the the Zarya module's nadir docking port, Russian Segment, occurred at 1:48 a.m. Moscow Time.
The final flight operations during the rendezvous and docking with the space station were performed under control of the State Commission and the Technical Management for the flight testing of manned space complexes. The Chairman of the State Commission is A.N. Perminov, the Head of the Federal Space Agency. The Technical Management for flight tests of manned space complexes is headed by V.A. Lopota, the RSC Energia President and General Designer.
After completion of Soyuz TMA-17 compartments leak check, docking assembly leak check and pressure equalization between the station and the spacecraft, the transfer hatches were opened at 3:42 a.m. Moscow Time. The spacecraft crew floated onto the ISS Russian Segment.
A joint international crew of 5 began its work on-board the space station.
The International Space Station crew: Russian cosmonauts
Maxim Suraev and
Oleg Kotov, NASA
Williams and Timothy
Creamer, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut
The on-board systems of the ISS, Soyuz TMA-16, Soyuz TMA-17 and Progress M-03M operate normally.
A news conference for Russian and foreign media journalists and the first communication session with the joint space station crew were held at the Mission Control Center near Moscow (MCC-M), from where the spacecraft rendezvous and docking with the ISS were controlled.
- RSC Energia is the prime organization for development and operation of the ISS Russian Segment, its module (Zvezda, Pirs and others), Soyuz TMA and Progress M/M1 space vehicles.
- Mission control for the ISS Russian Segment and the spacecraft is provided by the Lead Operations Control Team (LOCT) of MCC-M. LOCT is headed by V.A. Solovyev, the Flight Director, RSC Energia First Deputy General Designer.