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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #280 on: 11/19/2016 11:52 PM »
Charlie Bolden:  You've got a huge crowd down here. Don't screw it up.

Bolden with kind words to Peggy on shared memories from Shuttle launch 23 years ago.  "We're all proud of you."

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #281 on: 11/19/2016 11:53 PM »
ESA representative talking to Thomas about how Soyuz flight differed from his experience as an Air France pilot.
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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #282 on: 11/20/2016 12:12 AM »
Honoring the 18th anniversary of the launching of Zarya November 20, 1998

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #283 on: 11/20/2016 12:13 AM »
18th birthday of the Zarya module announced on the day of its launch 18 years ago.
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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #284 on: 11/20/2016 12:17 AM »
NTV coverage has concluded showing earth views now until GOES-R webcast resumption.

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #285 on: 11/20/2016 08:59 AM »
Press Release
N°45-2016

Paris, 20 November 2016

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet arrives at the International Space Station

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson and Roscosmos commander Oleg Novitsky docked with the International Space Station today after a two-day flight in their Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft.


The trio was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 17 November at 20:20 GMT and enjoyed a routine flight to catch up with the Space Station 400 km up. 

This was the first launch of an ESA astronaut on an upgraded version of the workhorse spacecraft that has been in service for almost 50 years. Despite the modernisation, for the crew it was like
spending two days in a small car. Throughout the journey the astronauts kept in radio contact with Moscow ground control.

After docking at 21:58 GMT, Thomas, Peggy and Oleg were welcomed aboard the Space Station at 00:40 GMT by NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and cosmonauts Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov. 

The six will maintain the Station and work on scientific experiments that cannot be done anywhere else, exploiting the weightlessness that is unique to the space laboratory.

This marks the start of Thomas's Proxima mission, named after the closest star to the Sun - continuing a tradition of naming missions with French astronauts after stars and constellations. 

The mission is part of ESA's vision to use Earth-orbiting spacecraft as a place to live and work for the benefit of European society while using the experience to prepare for future voyages of
exploration further into the Solar System.

Thomas will perform about 50 scientific experiments for ESA and France's CNES space agency, as well as take part in many research activities for the other Station partners. 

This is the ninth long-duration mission for an ESA astronaut and Thomas is the last of ESA's 2009 recruits to fly into space. A former airline pilot, he is the first French astronaut to visit the
Station since ESA's Léopold Eyharts helped to install Europe's Columbus module in 2008.

The new arrivals will spend six months in space before returning in Soyuz MS-03 to land in the steppes of Kazakhstan. ESA's Paolo Nespoli, backup on this mission, is readying himself for launch
in 2017 shortly after Thomas returns.

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #286 on: 11/20/2016 02:47 PM »
My thanks to all of you who contributed to the launch and docking coverage.  I missed the first due to press of work. I missed the second due to volunteer-hosting an amateur star party--we do a live program even if the weather doesn't cooperate (it didn't).  :)

Also, I wanted to comment: 18 years! (since Zarya's launch)
A stray thought: I will now have job applicants who have lived their entire lives in the ISS era.  ;D
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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #287 on: 11/21/2016 01:41 PM »
RSC Energia: Spacecraft Soyuz МS-03 delivered the crew to the ISS
November 21, 2016

On Sunday, November 20th, the transportation manned spacecraft of the new modification Soyuz МС-03 with the crew of the next long-duration expedition successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS).

ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Oleg NOVITSKY, ESA astronaut Thomas PESQUET and NASA astronaut Peggy WHITSON were delivered by the spacecraft to the ISS.

The launch vehicle Soyuz-FG with the manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-03 was launched from Site No.1 “Gagarin’s launch pad” of the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 23:20:13 Moscow time. The spacecraft Soyuz MS-03 separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle nominally at the expected time and started to approach the ISS using a classic 34-orbit rendezvous profile.

After about two days in free flight the spacecraft reached the station. The docking with the Mini Research Module (MRM1) Rassvet was performed in the automatic mode. The contact of the vehicles was detected at 00:58:17, the spacecraft hooks closed at 01:04:06 Moscow time. The rendezvous and docking used the improved RF system Kurs-NA.

After performing preparatory operations (removing and drying spacesuits, performing a leak test of compartments and the docking interface, equalizing pressure, etc.), transfer hatches between the spacecraft and the ISS were open, and the newly arrived crewmembers transferred to the station. There were be met by ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Sergey RYZHIKOV, ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Andrei BORISENKO and NASA astronaut Robert Shane KIMBROUGH.

The international crew will take part in the flight test of the upgraded spacecraft, including tests of the new systems, i.e. onboard radio system, combined propulsion system, motion control and navigation system, television system. During the ISS-50/51 Expedition operations with transport cargo vehicles of Progress MS series are planned, including testing of proximity operations in the remote teleoperator control mode by Progress MS moving apart from the ISS, stationkeeping and final approach. The crew will be also involved in operations with the US cargo vehicle Dragon, Japanese cargo vehicle HTV, undocking of spacecraft Soyuz MS-02 with three ISS-49/50 crewmembers from MRM2 and docking of Soyuz MS-04 with the ISS-51 and ISS-52 Expedition crewmembers to MRM2. Planned are activities on the station maintenance, outfitting, performance of applied scientific research and experiments (many of which were set up by RSC Energia specialists), onboard photo and video imagery. The applied scientific research program envisages 44 scientific experiments in various areas like bio-medical, geophysical, biotechnological, etc. The total planned duration of the crew flight will be 180 days.

The upgraded manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS developed and built by RSC Energia is designed to deliver the crews of up to three and their accompanying cargos to the International Space Station (ISS), as well as to return them to Earth. When attached to the ISS, it also serves as a crew rescue vehicle and is kept permanently ready for emergency crew return to Earth. The new-series spacecraft Progress MS and Soyuz MS were developed as a result of a radical upgrade of Progress M and Soyuz TMA spacecraft. Most of the technical solutions laid down in Soyuz MS and Progress MS spacecraft design will be used in development of new-generation manned transportation spacecraft Federatsiya being developed by RSC Energia.

The Russian Mini Research Module Rassvet (MRM-1) was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis in STS-132 mission on May 14, 2010. The module developed and produced by RSC Energia is used for research investigations and cargo storage. Specifically, it serves as a laboratory for preforming experiments in the area of biotechnology, biology, fluid physics and educational investigations. Rassvet is also used as an additional docking port for Soyuz and Progress spacecraft arriving to the station. The module mass is about 5 tons, the length is 5.9 meters, the diameter is 2.2 meters.

http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss50/photo_11-21.html

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #288 on: 04/20/2017 10:37 PM »
What are we hearing about this mission's EOM date?  It's planned for 2 June, but with the slip of Soyuz MS-05 to 28 July, are they really planning to leave ISS with only three crewmembers from 2 June to 28 July?  Or will Soyuz MS-03 be staying into July?
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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #289 on: 05/03/2017 06:10 PM »
What are we hearing about this mission's EOM date?  It's planned for 2 June, but with the slip of Soyuz MS-05 to 28 July, are they really planning to leave ISS with only three crewmembers from 2 June to 28 July?  Or will Soyuz MS-03 be staying into July?

BUMPING this to see if anyone's got an answer.

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Re: LIVE: Soyuz MS-03 Events - November 17-19, 2016
« Reply #290 on: 05/04/2017 03:14 PM »
Confirmation from NASA that this is still set for 2 June.

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