June 2, 2014

The preparation of the next manned spacecraft for the ISS flight has started in the integration building of 245 launchpad of Baikonur spaceport.

Soyuz TMA-14M manned spacecraft was delivered to Tyuratam railway station on May 26.

After all necessary procedures the spacecraft with auxiliary equipment was transported to #254 launching pad where in the integration building RSC Energia operational crews unloaded the spacecraft and installed it into the service facility.

The launch of Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is scheduled for September 25. 2014. The spacecraft will deliver three new ISS crew members to the station. The main crew comprises Russian cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyayev and Elena Serova and American astronaut Barry Wilmore.

Elena Serova will be the fourth Russian woman-cosmonaut. She was enlisted to the cosmonaut corps in 2006.  16 Russian women have been training for the space flight at different times. Now there is one more woman among  present cosmonaut candidates  – Anna Kikina.

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