April 28, 2014
Categories: ESA, GCTC, ISS, NASA, Roscosmos, Soyuz

For two weeks ISS-40/41 mission main and back-up crew members have been passing preflight exams in GCTC. Cosmonauts and astronauts demonstrated their skills of manual approaching, docking and descent of Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft and cargo vehicles manual remote control.

According to preflight preparation program both main and back-up crews were to have a standard flight day. In the framework of this training it is necessary to practice full working day on Russian ISS segment simulator coping with possible nominal and off-nominal situations.

ISS-40/41 mission main crew comprising Maksim Surayev (Roscosmos), Reid Wiseman (NASA) and Alexander Gerst (ESA) has already had its standard flight day. The cosmonauts accomplished training program in the course of which they had to face various off-nominal situations.

Back-up crew members Anton Shkaplerov (Roscosmos), Samantha Christoforetti (ESA) and Terry Virts (NASA) also had the same training.

Upon the completion of all operation state commission assessed the crew’s actions. Training participants successfully coped with the tasks set in accordance with the time schedule.

Main and back-up crews have complex examination trainings on ISS Russian segment simulator and Soyuz TMA-M spacecraft simulator in front of them. The trainings are scheduled for May 6 and 7, 2014.

Image credit: GCTC

More from this category:
January 11, 2019

On January 11 Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre celebrates 59th anniversary. It was founded on January 11, 1960. First specialists paved the way to space for…

full story
December 2, 2013

On Saturday Russian cargo vehicle Progress M-21M nominally docked with the ISS. However at the final stage of the docking the specialists made a decision…

full story
April 4, 2014

On Thursday International space station performed a maneuver to avoid collision with the old European booster’s Ariane 5 debris, – NASA reports. According to specialists…

full story
June 30, 2014

The last of five European unmanned cargo vehicles delivering cargos to the ISS will be launched on July 24, – Astro News reports with reference…

full story
July 6, 2019

Today, on July 6, 2019, in front of the Cosmonaut Hotel (site № 17 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome), a ceremony was held to raise the…

full story
April 10, 2020

The crew of the “Soyuz MS-16” manned spacecraft, docked to the International Space Station on April 9, 2020 at 17:13 (Moscow time), opened access hatches…

full story
February 22, 2017

The first after December accident Progress cargo vehicle was successfully launched from Baikonur spaceport, – Mission Control Centre representative reported. Progress MS-05 will deliver to…

full story
February 13, 2017

Energia Rocket and Space Corporation specialists filled Progress mS-05 cargo vehicle with propellant components and pressurized gas at Baikonur launchsite. According to Roscosmos upon completion…

full story