on the General Designer’s Review Board
on Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft launch processing


August 22, 2006, Korolev, Moscow Area.

At S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia under the chairmanship of N.N. Sevastyanov, Corporation President, General Designer, took place the next session of the General Designer’s Review Board on the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (ISS).

According to the session agenda one heard:

  • The Report on the status of Soyuz TMA-9 manned transport spacecraft launch processing (reporter: Yu.I.Grigoriev, RSC Energia Deputy General Designer, Director of Orbital Complex Programs);
  • The Report on the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle flight readiness to launch the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft (reporters: D.A.Baranov, GNP RKTs TsSKB-Progress Deputy General Director, K.K.Popov, RSC Energia Deputy General Designer);
  • The Report on the Launch Complex readiness for the launch of the integrated launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft (reporter: E.I.Sokolov, KBOM Deputy General Designer, A.V. Tolyarenko, RSC Energia Deputy General Designer);
  • The Report on the Ground Control Systems readiness for the forthcoming Soyuz TMA-9, Soyuz-TMA-8 and ISS activities (reporter: R.M. Samitov, RSC Energia Deputy General Designer);
  • The Report on the readiness status of the ISS, LOCT and flight support systems for performance of the next ISS-14 increment program, the results of the ISS-13 increment flight, mission program for the forthcoming period (reporter: V.A. Soloviev, RSC Energia Vice-President, Deputy General Designer);
  • The Report on the Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft readiness for flight completion (reporter: Yu.I. Grigoriev, RSC Energia Deputy General Designer)
  • The Report on the search and rescue equipment readiness for Soyuz TMA-9 launch and Soyuz TMA-8 landing support activities (M.I. Polukhin, representative of the Federal Aeronavigation Service);
  • The Report on the readiness of ISS-14 increment crew, VC-11 visiting crew for the performance of the forthcoming program of activities on the ISS, and ISS-13 crew for descent (reporter: V.V. Tsibliev, Head of Yu.G. Gagarin RGNII TsPK);
  • The Report on the health status of the ISS-13, ISS-14 crews and visiting crew VC-11 (reporter: V.V. Bogomolov, Institute of Biomedical Problems Deputy Director);
  • TsNIIMASh Report on compliance of the Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft with Technical Specifications and standard documents (reporter: V.A.Polyakov, TsNIIMASh Deputy Head of Division);
  • Customer’s Representation Statement about Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft compliance with requirements (reporter: A.N. Fedchenko, First Deputy Head of Representation);
  • Statement about the readiness of Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft, general preliminary statement for the Rocket and Space Complex integral parts and all ISS technical facilities for the forthcoming mission phase (reporter: N.N. Zelenschikov, RSC Energia First Vice-President, First Deputy General Designer);
  • General Designers Review Board draft decision (reporter: N.N. Sevastyanov, RSC Energia President, General Designer).
  • In the course of the Review Board session one heard co-reports and presentations of Chief Designers, responsible representatives of organizations and enterprises involved in ISS program implementation.

By the outcome of the reports and statements review, the Board of General Designers Review took the following decision:

  • Approve the testing results and RSC Energia proposed plan of forthcoming activities on processing Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft for launch to the ISS on September 14, 2006 with the ISS-14 increment crew consisting of two persons (M. Tyurin, spacecraft commander, ISS-14 flight engineer, M. Lopez-Alegria, ISS-14 crew commander, spacecraft flight engineer), and VC-11 with spaceflight participant A. Anzari, the USA;
  • Based on the assessment of the actual status of the ISS Russian Segment, accept the ISS RS for the performance of the next ISS-14 increment program;
  • By the results of assessment of Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft readiness for mission completion, approve RSC Energia proposals for the return of ISS-13 and VC-11 crews by the Soyuz TMA-8 spacecraft on September 25, 2006;
  •  Approve RSC Energia proposals on the mission of the next ISS-14 increment crew with a duration of 186 days in the period of September 14, 2006 to March 16, 2007 with the cargo traffic to the station provided by the Progress M-58 transport cargo vehicle in October 2006, and Progress-59 in February 2007;
  • Approve RSC Energia proposals on the research and experimental program during the ISS-14 and VC-11 visiting crew flight;
  • Approve and implement the Organizational and Technical Controls Plan to Support Soyuz TMA-9 launch and complete Soyuz TMA-8 flight.

Responsible representatives of Roskosmos, NASA, ESA, enterprises and organizations of Russia’s rocket and space industry participated in the work of the Board.

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