September 21, 2016

In case specialists manage to eliminate all the failures in Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft and conduct additional testing necessary the launch can possibly take place within the period from October 12 to October 20, if not – it is planned to send Soyuz MS-03 to the ISS early November.
On Wednesday the spokesman reported that it was mechanical damage in the process of nose fairing installation leading to the short circuit in spacecraft lines that caused the delay of the launch.
“If we manage to fix MS-02 and it proves to be reliable and complying with the safety requirements, the launch will take place within the time period from October 12 to October 20, that’s what the ballistics specialists say. If state commission makes up the mind not to risk Soyuz MS-03 will be launched instead of MS-02 approximately on November 01. This spacecraft is currently being prepared for the launch at Baikonur launchsite”.
The spokesman specified that final launch schedule for 2016 can be approved not until October 02.
“If the launch date is November 01, the crew may possibly have to stay onboard the ISS longer. Progress MS-04 cargo vehicle planned to be launched on October 20 will definitely shifted to the later date. But anyway all the launches scheduled for 2016 including the launch of the ISS 50/51 mission crew will definitely take place this year. Bu in this case the next Soyuz will be launched in December instead of November 16.”

More from this category:
April 23, 2014

Works in the framework of Soyuz-2/Meteor-M prelaunch preparations are under way at Baikonur spaceport. Space device successfully passed all leak checks and was transported from…

full story
August 19, 2020

Sixty years ago, on August 19, 1960, a second satellite 1K, a prototype of the Vostok manned spacecraft, with the dogs Belka and Strelka on…

full story
April 5, 2021

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the ascent unit with the Soyuz-18 crewed spacecraft was transported for the final assembly of the integrated launch vehicle. Today specialists…

full story
July 15, 2018

The Baikonur cosmodrome is preparing for the launch of the “Soyuz MS-10” spacecraft. On July 13, the spacecraft was delivered to a vacuum chamber, where…

full story
January 26, 2015

From January 19 up to February 9, 2015 GCTC is conducting winter survival trainings for the following crews: – ISS-48/49 (Anatoliy Ivanishin, Roscosmos, Takuya Onishi,…

full story
April 21, 2021

In the assembly and testing facility of the Vostochny Сosmodrome, a joint specialist crew of the Vostochny Space Center (a branch of the Center for…

full story
May 17, 2016

Khrunichev Centre that is Proton booster developer and manufacturer confirmed today that the launch Proton booster with Intelsat -31(Intelsat DLA2) communication satellite will take place…

full story
April 26, 2019

On April 25, the Space Astrophysical Observatory “Spectrum-RG” was delivered from Sheremetyevo International Airport by AN-124-100 aircraft to Baikonur Cosmodrome. At the cosmodrome, the “Spectrum-RG”…

full story