March 26, 2020

At the Baikonur cosmodrome, the final stage of preparation of the main and backup crews of the “Soyuz MS-16” manned spacecraft for flight under the program of the 63rd main expedition to the International Space Station has begun.

On March 25, 2020, cosmonauts and astronauts arrived in the Assembly and Testing building of platform № 254 for the first training (“fitting”) in the ship.

In accordance with the training schedule, the crews tried on their spacesuits, tested them for leaks and took places in the ship.

Then they checked the equipment, got acquainted with the flight documentation, studied the program of the upcoming flight and the list of goods, planned for delivery to the station.

The “fitting” of the ship and flight suits was supervised by specialists from Roscosmos State Corporation.

Further studies of the expedition at Baikonur include training on the manual docking of the “Soyuz MS” manned spacecraft to the ISS, control of scientific equipment, development of ballistic operations and other preparatory procedures.

The main crew of the ISS-63 is Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Wagner, NASA astronaut Christopher Cassidy.

The backup crew included Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Babkin, NASA astronaut Stephen Bowen.

The launch of the “Soyuz-2.1a” launch vehicle with the “Soyuz MS-16” manned spacecraft to the International Space Station is scheduled for April 9, 2020 at 11:05 (Moscow time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

More from this category:
June 8, 2015

Russian Soyuz-2.1a booster with satellite for Russian Ministry of Defence needs was launched from Plesetsk spaceport in Arkhangelsk region, – Ministry of Defense representative on…

full story
August 28, 2013

Progress centre is developing new Soyuz-5 booster replacing the models used today, – TsSKB-Progress Director General Alexander Kirilin reported on MAKS 2013 International Airshow held…

full story
February 26, 2019

In accordance with the flight program of the International Space Station (ISS), on February 26, 2019, a planned correction of the ISS orbit was performed….

full story
August 20, 2019

At the Baikonur cosmodrome tests of the radio systems of the “Soyuz MS-15” spacecraft were successfully completed. They were performed in an anechoic chamber of…

full story
February 6, 2014

Russia successfully started its 2014 space flight program. Progress M-22M cargo vehicle  launched from Baikonur spaceport on February 5, 20.23 Moscow time, successfully docked with…

full story
July 1, 2019

At the Baikonur cosmodrome intensive works continues on the upcoming launches of spacecrafts to the International Space Station (ISS), which are scheduled before the end…

full story
April 9, 2019

9 launches of “Soyuz” rockets with OneWeb space satellites will be performed from the Baikonur cosmodrome, 8 launches – from the Vostochny cosmodrome. Previously it…

full story
March 27, 2014

A Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying a trio of crew members is scheduled to dock automatically with the International Space Station on Friday, senior Russian space…

full story