Russian Soyuz vehicle successfully launches astronauts, and troubled Soyuz craft, to the ISS

by | Oct 19, 2016 | exploration, International Space Station, Launches, NASA, Personal spaceflight, Russia, Seradata News, Soyuz, space station | 0 comments

At 0805 GMT, 19 October 2016, a Soyuz-FG rocket lifted off from Site 31/6, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, carrying the Soyuz MS-02 craft containing crew members of Expedition 49/50 to the International Space Station (ISS). The new crew members are two Russian cosmonauts; Commander Sergey Nikolayevich Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, accompanied by US astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough.

The Soyuz craft will make a two-day trip to rendezvous with the ISS, this is in order to allow further testing of the new systems installed on the MS series of Soyuz craft, built by RSC Energia. The practice of two-day trips is expected to be completed after this mission, allowing future Soyuz MS missions, starting with MS-03, to utilise the standard one-day rendezvous. Docking with the ISS is scheduled for 0959 GMT, 21 October.

Soyuz rocket lifting Soyuz MS-02 into orbit. Courtesy of NASA

Soyuz rocket lifting Soyuz MS-02 into orbit. Courtesy of NASA

 

This mission has been delayed from late-September due to an anomaly with the Soyuz craft, found during final tests before integration with the launch vehicle. It was later identified as a “short circuit” located within the fairing. On the 21 September the anomaly was specifically identified as an “improperly bent cable” located behind the seats of the Descent module. The issue was repaired during early-October.

Initial fears over the anomaly stirred rumours that this mission may have had to use the Soyuz MS-03 craft, which was being prepped for its mission later in the year, potentially delaying the crew launch for around another month. As it transpired this was not necessary.

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

Soyuz MS-02 space undocks from ISS and safely lands with three crew

A crew of three was safely landed back onto Kazakh territory on Earth after their respective stays on the International Read more

OneWeb launch their first six fully operational satellites (Corrected)

A Soyuz ST-B with a Fregat M upper stage successfully launched OneWeb 0006-0012 satellites at 2137 GMT on 27 February. Read more

Vostochny-launched Soyuz rocket carries two Kanopus Earth observing satellites plus several ride-sharing satellites into orbit

A Soyuz 2-1A/Fregat rocket was launched at 0207 GMT from the Vostochny launch site in Far Eastern Russia on 27 Read more

On a lighter note: World Cup amusements in Russia

As hosts, the Russians made a big deal about the space connection to the FIFA World Cup Adidas Telstar 18 football. Not only Read more

Soyuz launched from French Guiana successfully puts four O3b satellites into orbit

A Russian-built Soyuz ST-B (Fregat MT) rocket successfully took four O3b communications satellites into Medium Earth orbit (MEO).  The launch (VS18), which flew Read more

KPLO gets a booking on Falcon 9…as CHEOPS is confirmed on Arianespace Soyuz launch

The Korean Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter - KPLO - has been given a launch on a Falcon 9. The Korea Aerospace Read more

Where have all the periscopes gone? They are in orbit and on the golf course…of course

While pressurised sealed vessels like submarines have an obvious parallel in manned spacecraft.- there are also some elements of their technology which are actually shared Read more

US to bar military use of commercial satellites if flown on Russian rockets after 2023

The US military is now under orders from the US Congress to end the use of any commercial satellites that Read more

Cookies & Privacy

Click here to read about use of cookies on the website

Categories

Archives