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Soyuz Crew Launch to the International Space Station

Watch a Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft lift off on a two-orbit, three-hour journey to the International Space Station! NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and cosmonauts O...

Трансляция запуска пилотируемого корабля «Союз МС-18»

9 апреля с космодрома Байконур в 10:42 по московскому времени запланирован пуск ракеты-носителя «Союз-2.1а» с пилотируемым кораблем «Ю. А. Гагарин» (Союз МС-...

Soyuz MS-18

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Human Exploration

Low Earth Orbit 31/6 Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

Soyuz MS-18 begins expedition 65 by carrying Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. After launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, they will rendezvous to the station where they will remain for their 6 month stay.

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Updates

Nosu • April 9, 2021, 7:53 a.m.

Successful launch of Soyuz MS-18 towards the International Space Station. Docking scheduled at 11:07 UTC.


Nosu • March 10, 2021, 7:30 a.m.

Launch scheduled for April 9 07:42 UTC


Soyuz 2.1a

Family: Soyuz
Configuration:

The Soyuz 2.1A converted the flight control system from analog to digital, which allowed launch from fixed platforms. It also allowed big fairings and payloads.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    2
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    46.3 m
  • Diameter
    2.95 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    312 T
  • Thrust
    4149 kN
Family
  • Name
    Soyuz 2.1a
  • Family
    Soyuz
  • Variant
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Soyuz 2.1a
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $US$80 million (Arianespace)
  • Low Earth Orbit
    7020 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    2810 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity
    4230 kg

Soyuz MS-18


Active Human Rated Crew On-board: 3 Crew Capacity: 3
Destination: International Space Station
Serial Number: None

Scheduled to launch to the ISS in April 2021.

Soyuz Details

Crew


Oleg Novitskiy

Commander - Russian - (RFSA)

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Oct. 12, 1971
Age: 49

Pyotr Dubrov

Flight Engineer - Russian - (RFSA)

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Jan. 30, 1978
Age: 43

Mark T. Vande Hei

Flight Engineer - American - (NASA)

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Nov. 10, 1966
Age: 54

Progress Rocket Space Center

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Dmitry Baranov Founded: 1996 Successes: 165 Failures: 7 Pending: 22

Agency Type: Commercial

Progress Rocket Space Centre, formerly known as TsSKB-Progress, is a space science and aerospace research company which is known for manufacturing launch vehicles and satellites. Most notably, Progress Rocket Space Centre is the manufacturer of Soyuz launch vehicles.

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