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Soyuz TMA-18M Launch
September 3, 2015 10:24


The spaceship “Soyuz TMA-18M” launched from Baikonur on September 2 did not hit the fragment of the Japanese rocket launched in 1989. This was reported by “Interfax”. The calculations determining the trajectory were performed jointly by the ballistic experts of the Russian and American Mission Control Centres.

The maneuver was successfully performed at 8:40 a.m. Moscow time. There is a crew consisting of the Russian cosmonauts Sergei Volkov (Roscosmos) and Aidyn Aimbetov (Kazkosmos) and the Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen (ECA) on the board of “Soyuz TMA-18M” heading to the International Space Station (ISS).

The planned duration of Volkov’s stay on the ISS is 188 days. Mogensen and Aimbetov will spend 10 days at the station. The docking of the space ship with an orbital station is scheduled for September 4, 10:35 a.m. Moscow time.

The flights of the ship “Progress M-27M” to the ISS have been carried out by a short scheme lasting six hours since 2012 and until the accident with the “Soyuz-2.1a” rocket.

However, after this the flights scheme was changed to a two-day one for safety reasons. The accident with the cargo spacecraft “Progress M-27” occurred on April 28, 2015. The rocket “Soyuz-2.1a” could not bring it to the proper orbit.

The cause of the accident named by Roscosmos is the design features of the joint use of a rocket and a truck.


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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