Author Topic: Soyuz MS-03 EOM Events (Undock, Entry, Landing) - June 02, 2017  (Read 32528 times)

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ARTICLE: https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/06/soyuz-ms-03-undocks-rare-two-person-landing/ - by Chris Gebhardt.


Press Release
N14-2017

Paris, 17 May 2017

Call for media: Thomas Pesquet's return to Earth after 6 months in space

Media are invited to ESA's European Astronaut Centre on Friday, 2 June, to witness the return to Earth of Thomas Pesquet. The events include a live viewing of the capsule's landing, a photo opportunity with Thomas Pesquet on arrival of the ESA aircraft
in Cologne and a press conference three days after return.

Programme
ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and Russian Soyuz commander Oleg Novitskiy will return to Earth on Friday, 2 June, concluding their six-month stay on the International Space Station. After a three-hour journey in their Soyuz spacecraft,
they will land in the Kazakh steppe at approximately 14:09 GMT (16:09 CEST). Media will have the opportunity to witness the landing live from the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) together with the astronaut's colleagues and friends. On this occasion,
media are invited to interview ESA experts, who can provide more information about his training, his mission and his return to Earth.

A few hours after landing, Thomas will continue his journey to EAC, the home base of all ESA astronauts, in Cologne, Germany. Thomas will be the ninth ESA astronaut to complete a long-duration mission in space and he will be the fourth after Alexander
Gerst, Andreas Mogensen and Tim Peake to fly directly back to Cologne where he is expected to land at approximately 02:00 GMT (04:00 CEST) on Saturday, 3 June. There is a photo opportunity upon the arrival of Thomas Pesquet on the tarmac.

Thomas will spend his first night back on Earth at the Envihab facility of the DLR German Aerospace Center, where ESA's medical team will monitor how he readapts to gravity after months in weightlessness and scientists will gather to continue the science
programme, collecting data on Thomas' rehabilitation phase.

The first press conference with Thomas Pesquet is scheduled to take place at EAC on Tuesday, 6 June, around 08:30 GMT (10:30 CEST). This will be a 45-minute Q&A session. For operational reasons, there will be no one-to-one interviews with Thomas.

Accreditation for access to EAC on 2 June and 6 June, as well as for access to the airport on 3 June, will be organised by ESA.

Press registration: 
https://myconvento.com/public/event_register/index/1726141
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On May 18, 2017, a scheduled correction of the ISS's orbit was carried out in accordance with the flight program of the International Space Station (ISS).

To perform the maneuver at 00 o'clock.  35 min.  Moscow time the engines of the service module "Star" of the International Space Station were switched on.  The running time of the engines was 13 seconds.  As a result, the station received a speed increment of 0.2 m / sec.

According to the data of the ballistic-navigation support service of the Flight Control Center (MCC), the ISS's orbit parameters after the maneuver were:
 The minimum height above the Earth's surface is 401.8 km,
 The maximum height above the Earth's surface is 424.0 km,
 The circulation period is 92.675 minutes,
 The inclination of the orbit is 51.66 degrees.

 The purpose of correcting the orbit was the formation of ballistic conditions to ensure the landing of the SA Soyuz MS-03, scheduled for June 2, 2017.

https://www.roscosmos.ru/23563/
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And Rassvet hatch closed too...
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Leak check in progress, now
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Next, 6:30 a.m., Soyuz MS-03 Undocking from the MRM-1 Rassvet
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View of Progress MS-05  on DC-1 "Pirs", Soyuz MS-03 on MRM-1 "Rassvet" and Cygnus OA-7 on Node-1 "Unity"
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Checking Sokol KV-2 Sealing
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Checking SA-BO hatch vestibule now
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Now, they prepared the Soyuz for undocking by switching it to radio communications and autonomous power (allowing power and data interfaces in docking mechanism to be demated)
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Activation of the Soyuz docking mechanism five minutes prior to separation
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As commander of Soyuz MS-03, Oleg Novitskiy ending his 2nd flight into
space. His call sign aboard both Soyuz TMA-06M and MS-03 is "Kazbek."
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UNDOCKING
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Undocking occurred at 10:47am UTC as the ISS was over the border between Mongolia and China.

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2 sep burns complete !
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Now, free flight for 1,5 orbits, before dorbit burn at 13:17 UTC
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As usual, awesome article from Chris Gebhardt !
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8 weeks before (July 28th) return to ISS 6 person crew...
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Here in France ,there is a "Science & Vie TV" special coverage of "Thomas Pesquet return"!
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Main events for the next few hours...
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1 hour before Deorbit burn, start of deorbit preps:
 
- Soyuz Navig. system reconfig.
- Connecting backup batteries to SA descent Module  bus
- Acceleromer activation
- SA inside cameras power up
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Human Spaceflight‏Verified account @esaspaceflight 1m1 minute ago

Oleg and @Thom_astro completed a #Soyuz systems check. Everything is normal & ready for reentry. Landing expected at 16:10 CEST #AllezThomas

https://twitter.com/esaspaceflight/status/870615909513211904

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Soyuz MS-03 is now reorienting itself for its deorbit burn, scheduled for 09:17:07 EDT.
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ESA‏ Verified account @esa 1m1 minute ago

ESA Retweeted Human Spaceflight

A 4 min 37 sec deorbit burn at 15:17 CEST (13:17 GMT) will set the #Soyuz on course for the landing site

https://twitter.com/esa/status/870616756489990144

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After Reorientation to retrograde attitude (Service module forward), with DPO thrusters , We will have SKD protective cover openning
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Per the published timeline, the Station should have maneuvered back to its standard orientation and the SARJs switched back into autotrack mode at 08:27 EDT.

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Final weather brief.  All is well at landing site.  It's hot, but skies are mostly clear.  Recovery forces en route.

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Before enabling the automatic burn sequence , burn  parameters provided by the Digital Flight Control System will be check one last time to make sure they were correct.
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Recovery forces
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Mark loves doing maintenance during deorbit burns. We're back. Sorry about that! ;D
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"GoPRo activating"
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During and after the deorbit burn, Oleg  provide a running commentary of Soyuz parameters, to inform MCC-M
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09:11:14 EDT (13:11:14 GMT).  That's the final orbital sunrise for Soyuz.  6mins to deorbit burn.

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4mn 37sec, planned for SKD burn
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Deorbit burn STARTED.  The 4min 37sec burn will change Soyuz's velocity by 128 m/s (91.8 feet per second).

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DEORBIT BURN !!
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All is going well with the deorbit burn.

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Deorbit burn COMPLETE.  A full burn.  Delta-V of 128 m/s.  Soyuz is coming home!

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And now, before modules sep,  the crew close their helmets and then opening a release valve to vent down BO orbital module atmosphere in outer space
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Soyuz vehicle separation to its three component sections will occur at 09:44:32 EDT. (13:44:32 GMT).

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Important to remember, we regularly LOSE CONTACT with Soyuz as they come home.  It's normal and expected.

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Final analysis is PERFECT deorbit burn.  Primary landing site coordinates are: 4718 N by 6935 E.
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Ten minutes to vehicle separation.

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LOS... as expected.

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Ground station in Egypt will provide confirmation of Soyuz vehicle separation.

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That should be Soyuz vehicle separation at 140 km (87 mi) altitude.  Descent Module (DM) now orienting for atmospheric entry.
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Pyrotechnic modules (and SA periscope jetisson) separation, by on-board computer command !
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Separation CONFIRMED.

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Descent Module has entered the atmosphere at 99.7 km (61.9 mi) altitude at a velocity of 7.62 km/s.

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Descent Module now in plasma stage of reentry, switching to its entry guidance sequence. Alt: 80.5 km (50 mi)

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All recovery helicopters are in place at the landing site.

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Soyuz descent module should have just exited the plasma stage of reentry, experiencing its maximum G-load at an altitude of 35.9 km (22.3 mi) - 09:53:37 EDT.

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CONFIRMED.  All is well.

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Parachute should have deployed.

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Still awaiting parachute deployment confirmation.

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Under 5km in altitude now.

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5mins to landing.

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Just few seconds before Touchdown, the heat shield will be jetisson to expose the gamma-ray altimeter and the Soft-Landing Engines
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Landed behind a hill.  Tricky, Soyuz.

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Is that much smoke after retro and touchdown normal?!

EDIT: Perhaps they've started a grass fire?
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With 10:10:38 EDT (14:10:38 GMT) landing, Soyuz MS-03 amassed total mission duration of 196 days 17 hours 50 minutes 25 seconds.

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Is that much smoke after retro and touchdown normal?!

EDIT: Perhaps they've started a grass fire?

Not uncommon.  That capsule is HOT when it lands... and the fire from the thrusters doesn't help the grass, either. :)

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Landed or dragged on it's side - but the crew is reported ok.
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Soyuz dragged by parachutes onto its side.  Crew is "felling well."  This is actually good for egress.
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Soyuz dragged by parachutes onto its side.  Crew is "felling well."  This is actually good for egress.
They've had to on occasion needed to roll the capsule a little to present the hatch closer to the ground.
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First images of the crew already out of the capsule
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replay of Hatch openning by RKK Energia personnel
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End of Rob Navias  NASA TV Coverage
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ISS current configuration, before Cygnus OA-7 unberthing Sunday...
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The EOM article doesn't say,  were they able to use the empty seat for much needed down mass?

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Just few seconds before Touchdown, the heat shield will be jetisson to expose the gamma-ray altimeter and the Soft-Landing Engines
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As Nicolas Pillet say:
"The use of gamma ray altimeter is made essential to satisfy the double requirement of precision and versatility that the "Kaktus" system must have. To cite only two examples, a radio wave system would not be accurate enough, and a laser system would not work in case of clouds"
http://www.kosmonavtika.com/vaisseaux/soyouz/tech/ksp/ksp.html

The gamma-ray sources are used as "transmitters" for the backscatter 'altimeter' that triggers the soft-landing retro-rockets.
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"The goal of "Kaktus" gamma-ray altimeter (GLV, Гамма-Лучевой Высотомер) is to trigger the ignition of soft landing engines (DMP) when the Descent module reach the altitude of 80 cm" (Nicolas Pillet)
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ESA has posted a number of hi-res photos:
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Seems close to a water area... (and thanks for the link, FutureSpaceTourist  8) )
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The crew just arrived a few minutes ago, for a short welcoming ceremony (as usual) in Karaganda
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As Nicolas Pillet say:
"The use of gamma ray altimeter is made essential to satisfy the double requirement of precision and versatility that the "Kaktus" system must have. To cite only two examples, a radio wave system would not be accurate enough, and a laser system would not work in case of clouds"
http://www.kosmonavtika.com/vaisseaux/soyouz/tech/ksp/ksp.html

The gamma-ray sources are used as "transmitters" for the backscatter 'altimeter' that triggers the soft-landing retro-rockets.

Thank you. I must have missed that in the last book I read about Soyuz so thanks.

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Seems close to a water area... (and thanks for the link, FutureSpaceTourist  8) )
Would have been a little mess if it landed there! ;-)

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... I must have missed that in the last book I read about Soyuz so thanks.
Bought this one few years ago...
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...Would have been a little mess if it landed there! ;-)
As Soyuz 23 in October 1976.... (in a more "difficult" version ....)

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It seems that the exactly landing time needs a correction.
Please have a look to the EXIF data of this photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/roscosmos/34270073904/in/dateposted/
It was taken at 14:10:01 UTC. This must be the correct landing time.

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It seems that the exactly landing time needs a correction.
Please have a look to the EXIF data of this photo:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/roscosmos/34270073904/in/dateposted/
It was taken at 14:10:01 UTC. This must be the correct landing time.

Off course, that's assuming the clock in the camera was correct!
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How can a guy watching NASA TV know the landing time only four minutes after touchdown?
The touchdown was not shown because it happened behind a hill.
And: Every TV signal needs seconds (depends on the way - cable, satellite or Internet) until it is displayed.

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Have the landing co-ordinates been published, please?
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