November 22, 2021
Categories: Baikonur spaceport

On the morning of November 19, 2021, a formal seeing-off for the prime and backup crews of the 20th ISS expedition took place at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. A few hours later, they arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome to complete prelaunch training, the aircraft landed at the Krayny airfield.

The prime crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and spaceflight participants from Japan Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano. Their backups are Alexander Skvortsov and Shun Ogiso.

The cosmonauts, spaceflight participants, and staff providing prelaunch training have been accommodated at the GCTC training center. On Friday, the crews will be briefed on the Soyuz MS-20 crewed spacecraft, as well as on checking communication equipment during its fitting, after which the astronauts will prepare personal items for stowage in the Soyuz spacecraft.

During the coming two and a half weeks, the prime and backup crews will have to take an intensive training program, exercises and briefings, as well as medical examinations. In particular, on November 20, they will conduct the first fit check of the Soyuz MS-20 craft, where they will practice the mechanism of actions, get acquainted with onboard documentation and perform a series of tests of onboard systems.

The Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the crewed Soyuz MS-20 spaceship is scheduled to launch on December 8, 2021 from Launchpad Vostok of Site 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The mission to the International Space Station will take 12 days under a contract with Space Adventures company.

More from this category:
June 3, 2013

(RIA Novosti) – The meteorite that blew up over Russia’s Urals in midFebruary, leaving 1,500 injured, came as a striking reminder of how vulnerable we…

full story
August 27, 2019

The “Soyuz MS-14” spacecraft on August 27, 2019 at 06:08 (Moscow time) successfully docked to the “Zvezda” module of the Russian segment of the International…

full story
February 4, 2014

Soyuz-U booster with Progress M-22M was installed onto the launch pad of Baikonur spaceport. The launch is scheduled for February 5, 2014, Roscosmos reports. In…

full story
October 10, 2018

Today, on October 10, 2018, a traditional press conference of the “Soyuz MS-10” spacecraft crews was held at the Testing and Training Complex of the…

full story
January 20, 2015

British singer Sarah Brightman will pass survival trainings in a near-Moscow forest on January 23, – GCTC press office reported. On Friday, from 09.00 up…

full story
July 16, 2020

Preparation works for Progress MS-15 cargo vehicle launch are under way at Baikonur. In accordance with the schedule RSC Energia and specialists of some other…

full story
February 4, 2016

Yesterday, on February 03, 2016, Russian cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov sucessfully completed the first spacewalk in accordance with Russian ISS flight program for…

full story
March 30, 2016

For the last 10 years Roscosmos has launched 128 space devices, – was reported at official presentation held in corporation. Corporations states that there was…

full story