February 20, 2020
Categories: GCTC, Roscosmos, Soyuz

The Russian members of the main crew of the “Soyuz MS-16” manned spacecraft, Roscosmos cosmonauts Nikolay Tikhonov and Andrey Babkin, will be replaced by backups due to medical reasons.

The positions of the commander and flight engineer of the “Soyuz MS-16” spacecraft will now be taken by the cosmonauts of Roscosmos Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner.

The changes will affect only the Russian part of the crew, NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy continues to prepare for the flight in accordance with the established plan.

The launch of the “Soyuz-2.1a” launch vehicle with the “Soyuz MS-16” manned spacecraft and members of the long-term expedition ISS-63 is scheduled for April 9 this year from launch pad № 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

More from this category:
June 8, 2019

After passing the theoretical examinations, the ISS-60/61 crews began practical tests on simulators. Today, the commanders of the main and backup crews of the “Soyuz…

full story
March 11, 2020

Khrunichev Space Center (part of Roscosmos) postponed the launch of the “Proton-M” launch vehicle, which was scheduled to take place in March. A technical problem…

full story
April 29, 2013

According to RIA Novosti, Russian astronomers were the first to watch the brightest of the last five years gamma-flash. Gamma-flashes is one of the most…

full story
June 13, 2018

In June 2018, it will be the 55 years anniversary of the flight of the world’s first female cosmonaut. It was performed on June 16,…

full story
April 22, 2014

The launch of Russian-German SPACE observatory designed to study black holes, galactic clusters and dark matter was shifted to 2017 since German specialists fail to…

full story
June 19, 2019

The acceptance commission of the next batch of RD-180 engines, manufactured by NPO “Energomash” has successfully completed its work. In June 2019, representatives of the…

full story
October 30, 2015

In 2016 Progress rocket and space centre will start manufacturing Soyuz-2.1b boosters against Arianespace order, – Centre General Designer deputy Alexander Storozh said. According to…

full story
May 27, 2013

According to press-service of Gagarin Cosmonaut Trainin Center, on May 26, 2013, following the launch preparation plan Soyuz space rocket was rolled out and installed…

full story