Russian cosmonaut and his pilot NASA, five months after a dramatic start in October last year, finally finished on Thursday in orbit, and together with NASA's astronaut for the first time flew to an international space station. after hours to increase the laboratory crew to six.
The Soyuz MS-12 / 58S spacecraft rose from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, at 15: 14: 08. ET Friday, around the time the Earth's rotation had a launching block – the same that Yuri Gagarin used in the dawn of space age to the orbit plane of the station.
Using the Quick Recovery Procedure, Soyuz MS-12 / 58S Commander Alexei Ovchinin, Left Flight Engineerand astronaut Christina Koch after four persecution of the orbits into the laboratory complex, moving to an automatic dock Land ̵
Waiting for moistening the rest of the motion, the hooks and latches attached to the ferry boat pulling into the so-called "hard pair" with the dock port. The hatches were expected to be opened after about two hours, after testing, to check for sealed seals and leveled pressure between the two spacecraft.
While waiting for the arrival of a new crew, Station Commander Oleg Kononenko, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques and NASA Flight Engineer Anne McClain. They were released on December 3rd, and since 19th, when the Soyuz crew returned to Earth, they had a station.
The Soyuzis automatically activated by accelerating the crew capsule away from a missile missile. Ovchinin and The Hague landed about 250 miles from the start point. The problem with the conventional reliable Soyuz amplifier was quickly corrected by clearing the road to the explosion of Kononenko, Saint-Jacques and McClain . However, further flights had to be rescheduled
The launch of the Soyuz MS-12 / 58S spacecraft on Thursday is expected to begin in April with the United Arab Emirates cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka and Koch, who studied as a flight board engineer or general pilot. But after the operation was stopped, the flight was lifted and Ovchinin and The Hague were assigned to join Koch with the Hague takeover.
An interview before the start of Kocha, an electric engineer, rock climber and "Antarctic scientist" said he had no obstructions related to the trap of a Soyuz spacecraft and crack into space.
"It's an incredible machine," she said. "The fact that reliability is so high is really a big thing, and it was a huge privilege to teach a spaceship that has such a great record. It was an honor. It's a good spacecraft. ”
The advanced six-member crew is facing an unusually busy first week with three space paths scheduled around the end of the month to install new solar cells and other upgrades and maintenance. The Hague and McClain will make their first battery exchange tour on March 22, and McClain and Koch are expected to follow up seven days later. The Hague and Saint-Jacques third EVA will be held on April 8th.
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NASA originally planned to install new solar cell batteries in the last two autumns, but the launch of the Japanese HTV-7 cargo ship carrying them in orbit was postponed and the EMA was postponed until the end of Hague's expected arrival October After the break, the battery installation was postponed
The spacecraft station crew will carry out a full scale of research and routine maintenance and unload five unscheduled cargo ships – two Russian Progress cargo ships. Two SpaceX Dragon Supply Ships and the Northrup Grumman Cygnus Cargo Capsule
Kononenko, Saint-Jacques, and McClain Expect on June 25th will return to Earth for a 203-day mission. Ovchinin, The Hague and Kochi will have to station themselves from then until July 6, when three fresh crew members arrive: Soyuz MS-13 / 59S Commander Alexander Skvortsov, NASA's Astronaut Drew Morgan and Italian Luca Parmitano, European Space Agency astronaut.
This flight was the last Russian mission to ship US astronauts as NASA switched to a commercial crew ship for SpaceX and Boeing. SpaceX launches its crew Dragon spacecraft on an unexpected flight test on March 2. And may be ready to start the first astronauts in the middle of the summer
The Hague and Kochi taught the crew dragon and Starliner marinas, the stages in The Hague say that "really NASA is a big deal, allowing the US space agency to stop its only trust in Russian Soyuz transportation to and from the space station.
However, NASA insures its bets. The Agency is currently buying two additional Soyuz sites, one for this fall and the next spring to make sure that US astronauts can reach the station if the commercial crew program is delayed.
Ovchinin, The Hague and Kochi plan to return to Earth on October 3, to create a 204-day mission