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Progress M-22m on Monday will be undocked from ISS

Source: РИА Новости

Progress M-22M on Monday will be undocked from ISS

Progress M-22m on Monday will be undocked from ISS.

State Department denies instructions to suspend cooperation with Roscosmos

Source: ITAR-TASS

State Department denies instructions to suspend cooperation with Roscosmos

April 4, the US State Department has dismissed reports saying that it had instructed NASA and other agencies to suspend cooperation with Russia.

“I know that there were mistaken statements yesterday that the Department of State called NASA to stop cooperation with Russia. Though I like to make orders to NASA, our department didn’t make such order,” Marie Harf, representative of the Department of State, said.

In addition, the statement about suspending cooperation between NASA and Roscosmos caused criticism from a number of NASA experts. In their point of view, such a decision may negatively impact the national space program and the ISS project.

ISS made maneuver for evasion from fragments of the old rocket

Source: РИА Новости

МКС совершила маневр для уклонения от обломков старой ракеты

ISS made maneuver for evasion from fragments of the old rocket.

NASA announces it suspends cooperation with Russia

Source: ITAR-TASS

NASA announces it suspends cooperation with Russia

April 3, NASA announced that it suspended cooperation with Russia except within the International Space Station (ISS) program. The agency specified that such a decision was made in connection with Russia’s actions towards Ukraine.

According to a NASA’s memo, “ongoing violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity” prompted the agency to halt contacts with Russia. The statement also said that NASA intended to complete own piloted spaceship project as soon as possible and to get rid of “dependence of Russia” in launching American astronauts to the ISS. The agency added that in case of relevant budget funding such a spaceship could be constructed in 2017. If the Congress does not allocate the necessary funds, the USA “would be further transferring millions of dollars to Russia”, NASA stated.

39/40 expedition crew got inside the ISS (video)

Source: Russian Space News

39/40 expedition crew passed to ISS

39/40 expedition crew got inside the ISS

Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft carrying new ISS mission crew successfully docked with the station in automatic mode, – MSC representative reported.

Soyuz FG booster with Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft was launched from Baikonur spaceport on Wednesday at 01.17 Moscow time. Docking planned for March 26 was postponed to March 28 by MSC decision.

“The crew had no need to interfere with approaching and Kurs docking system operation. Soyuz TMA-12M docking with Pirs module of Russian ISS segment took place in automatic mode.”

AS RSC Energia representative Vilaty Lopota reported earlier automatics shifted Soyuz from short 6-hour rendezvous scheme to the previous 2-days one on March 26 due to the possible failure of onboard software resulting in necessary orbit adjustment maneuver performed after the second orbit.

Special commission looks for the reasons of Soyuz onboard software failure.

New ISS crew comprised by cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev and astronaut Steven Swanson opened the hatches between the spacecraft and the station and got inside the ISS where were greeted by Mikhail Tyurin, Koichi Wakata and Richard Mastracchio.

Then they had communication session with Roscosmos and NASA representatives and their relatives being in Mission Control Centre in Korolev city.

The crew will carry out lots of scientific experiments, work to unlod Russian, European, American and Japanese cargo vehicles, launch Peru miscosatellite in the course of one of the spacewalks. The crew is going to live onboard the station for 169 days.

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Russian spaceship Soyuz docks with ISS (video)

Source: ITAR-TASS

Russian spaceship Soyuz docks with ISS

KOROLYOV, March 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s manned spaceship Soyuz TMA-12M with a new international crew of a long-duration expedition to the International Space Station (ISS), the ISS-39/40 mission, has docked with the Station on Friday, bringing Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, and American astronaut Steve Swanson to orbit.

“The spaceship moored at the docking assembly of the Russian module Poisk (MIM-2) at 03:53, Moscow time, in an automatic mode,” an official at the Flight Control Center (FCC) outside Moscow told Itar-Tass.

The arrivals floated through open hatches into the orbital station at 06:47 and were welcomed aboard by Mikhail Tyurin, Koichi Wakata, and Richard Mastracchio. All the crew members are feeling well, the FCC official added. The ISS crew membership has grown up to six. They all will be working together aboard the Station until May.

The ISS-39/40 mission will work in orbit for the planned 169-day period, during which the crew is to do a large amount of work, receive several resupply spacecraft and carry out extensive scientific research which includes 49 experiments under the Russian program and about 170 ones under the American one. Besides, during a spacewalk scheduled for August, the Russian cosmonauts are to launch a Peruvian minisatellite.

The spaceship Soyuz TMA-12M was launched from Baikonur on March 26 at 01:17, Moscow time. Originally, it was expected that the crew would be brought to the ISS in accordance with a short six-hour diagram. However, due to complications that arose in the operation of the spaceship’s orientation syctem, a decision was made to switch over to a 48-hour diagram for docking.

In the history of the operation of the ISS, the first manned spaceship’s flight according to a shortened six-hour diagram was made in March 2013 when the Soyuz TMA-08M delivered Russian cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin and American astronaut Christopher Cassidy to the orbital station. A launch according to this diagram (spaceship makes only four revolutions around orbit) had been tried out in August 2012 by means of the Progresd M-16M resupply spacecraft.

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“Soyuz” carried out the last maneuver before docking with ISS

Source: Вести

"Союз" провел последний маневр перед стыковкой с МКС

“Soyuz” carried out the last maneuver before docking with ISS.

Soyuz docking with ISS delayed for 2 days due to attitude control system deviation (video)

Source: ITAR-TASS

Soyuz docking with ISS delayed for 2 days due to attitude control system deviation

Operations in the first stage of orbiting spaceship Soyuz TMA-12M were carried out as scheduled, the crew is on a flight according to the scheduled program

BAIKONUR, March 26. /ITAR-TASS/. Docking of piloted spaceship Soyuz with the International Space Station (ISS) scheduled for 7.04am Moscow time (3.04am GMT) on Wednesday is delayed for two days due to deviation in attitude control system, head of Russian space agency Roscosmos Oleg Ostapenko told reporters on Wednesday.

“Docking of the spaceship with the ISS will be made according to a two-day rendezvous program. This decision is caused by some problems in operation of attitude control system,” he said.

 “There is nothing extraordinary,” he noted, adding that docking is planned in the morning on March 28 as of now.

Operations in the first stage of orbiting spaceship Soyuz TMA-12M were carried out as scheduled, the crew is on a flight according to the scheduled program presently, the Roscosmos chief said. “Health of crew is good, parameters of living environment are normal. The crewmembers took off spacesuits and continue the fight in planned mode,” he said.

In reply to the question whether current situation would affect dockings in the future Ostapenko assured reporters that future piloted spaceships Soyuz would dock with the ISS according to a six-hour scheme.

“In any action and not only in the space, but also on the Earth, moreover, in the space, we always consider issues of redundancy in all actions, this is a normal situation, this should be so in everything,” the Roscosmos head said.

“The scheme that exists is practiced and we will fulfill future actions on piloted space program within it,” he noted.

For his part, head of the Cosmonaut Training Centre Sergey Krikalev also assured reporters that nothing “awful happened”, as cosmonauts were feeling well and were working according to the plan. “We have just passed from one scheduled scheme to another one,” he said.

In his words, the crew shifts to standby docking system in case of any even slightest malfunctions, should this be some breakdown of any system or even crew’s failure to go into a communication session with the Earth. Food, fuel and oxygen stocks onboard the spaceship is available for a two-day docking scheme with the orbital station.

Spaceship “Soyuz” came to a settlement orbit

Source: Вести

Spaceship Soyuz came to a settlement orbit

Spaceship “Soyuz” came to a settlement orbit.

Soyuz manned spaceship launched from Baikonur (video)

Source: ITAR-TASS

From Baikonur launch the spaceship

From Baikonur launch the spaceship “Soyuz-FG” with ISS crew

Spaceship is carrying Russian cosmonauts and American astronaut

BAIKONUR, March 26, 4:35 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Soyuz manned spaceship with an international crew of next long-duration expedition, the ISS-39/40, has been launched from Baikonur spaceport Wednesday.

Spaceship separated from the carrier rocket nine minutes later and reached the designated orbit, a source at the spaceport told Itar-Tass.

The spaceship Soyuz TMA-12M is carrying Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev, and American astronaut Steve Swanson. They are to work in orbit for about five months.