Russia's Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft reaches ISS in record time

16 Janvier, 2021, 14:41 | Auteur: Therese Cote

Kate Rubins of NASA, together with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of Roscosmos, lifted off on Russia's Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday (Oct. 14).

The team that just arrived will take over the ISS from the Expedition 63 astronauts, Cassidy, Anatoli Ivanishin, and Ivan Vagner, who are due to leave the Station later this month. However, their lifestyle will not last long. He now will shift his focus specifically to the spacecraft commander's duties in preparation for the flight to the space station. The Crew-1 is now scheduled to launch some time in November according to NASA's blog.

Before May 30, when United States astronauts Robert Behnken and Doug Hurley arrived at the ISS, Russia and Baikonur had enjoyed a lucrative monopoly on manned missions to the ISS. During the first spaceflight of Rubins back in 2016, she actually became the very first person to be able to sequence DNA in outer space. The SpaceX Crew-1 mission, with three NASA astronauts and one from the Japanese space agency JAXA on board, is scheduled for launch in early to mid November. Previously it took twice as long for crews to reach the station. He is a retired captain in the U.S. Navy, with more than 7,800 flight hours and 663 carrier landings in tactical jet aircraft. Boeing First crew test flight It is now scheduled for next year.

The Russian space program has endured a progression of switches lately, most prominently the disappointment of a Soyuz rocket in 2018 only minutes after take off - the primary such episode throughout the entire existence of post-Soviet space travel.

Rubins was added to the crew in May when NASA announced it was purchasing a final Soyuz seat from Roscosmos for $90.25 million. At about $80 million per person, the agency was trying to limit that amount, but I was hoping a commercial crew vehicle could come online soon.

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A NASA TV commentator said everything was normal, citing communications between Russian mission control and the crew, while Roscosmos said the capsule had successfully gone into orbit.

That does not mean, though, that NASA astronauts will never fly on Soyuz spacecraft again.

Their launch, atop a Soyuz-2.1a rocket, began at 1:45 a.m. EDT (0545 GMT; 10:45 a.m. local Kazakh time). It will be a quick trip to the ISS.

However, their Dragon Endeavor craft just docked effectively with the ISS around nineteen hours subsequent to arriving at circle.

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