November 6, 2015

Roscosmos cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin and JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi passed exam on manual controlled descent. TS-7 specialized simulator on the basis of Tsf-7 centrifuge was designed for practicing manual controlled descent in case automatics failure.

According to Commission’s report both ISS-46/47 crew commander and flight engineer showed perfect skills while performing necessary operations.

Next week Yuri Malenchenko and Timothy Copra will pass the same training. Besides both crews will also have examination trainings on Soyuz TMA-M approaching, docking and redocking of and standard flight day training on ISS Russian segment simulator.

The main crew comprises Roscosmos cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko, NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra abd ESA astronaut Timothy Peake.  For Russian cosmonaut this flight will the the 6th one in his space career, American cosmonaut flies to space for the second time, the British one – for the first.

Back-up crew includes Anatoly Ivanishin (Roscosmos), Takuya Onishi (JAXA) and Kathleen Rubins (NASA).

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