Russia’s Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft docks with ISS Module

The spacecraft is scheduled to undock from ISS on October 30 with the previous crew Anatoly Ivanishin from Russia, US astronaut Kathleen Rubins and Takuya Onishi from Japan.

By: IANS | Moscow | Published:October 22, 2016 12:07 pm
ISS, international space station, international space station MS-02 spacecraft, MS-02 spacecraft, russia ISS, latest news, latest spaces news, space news Expedition 49 Flight Engineers Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos, front left, Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos, front center, and Shane Kimbrough of NASA, front left, are seen with Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA, back left, Commander Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos, back center, and Flight Engineer Takuya Onishi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), back right, as they talk with friends and family at the Moscow Mission Control Center in Korolev, Russia a few hours after the Soyuz MS-02 docked to the International Space Station on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. (NASA/Joel Kowsky)

Russia’s Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft carrying three crew members has successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS) “Poisk” module two days after its launch, the Russian Mission Control Center said on Friday. The three crew members — two Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko and US astronaut Shane Kimbrough — are expected to move to the space station in the next several hours, Sputnik news quoted the space centre as saying.

The spacecraft is scheduled to undock from ISS on October 30 with the previous crew Anatoly Ivanishin from Russia, US astronaut Kathleen Rubins and Takuya Onishi from Japan. Its landing on the earth is planned for the same day, the space centre added.

The new two-day flight plan aims at testing all systems of the new spacecraft, according to Russia’s space agency Roscosmos.

The Soyuz MS is the latest and most advanced version in the Soyuz TMA family. It features modernised communications and navigation systems, and also has more efficient solar panels, which will significantly increase its energy performance, RT news reported.

Russia on Wednesday successfully launched the spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The launch of the spacecraft had been postponed in September due to technical problems.

The other remaining launches in 2016 include the Soyuz MS-03 manned spacecraft, which will be launched on November 16 and the Progress MS-04 space freighter launch on December 1.