Russia's Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft prepares quickest crew trip to International Space Station

Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft preflight preparations continue at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in accordance with the International Space Station program. The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket was rolled out to the Site No. 31 launchpad following the State Commission decision.

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The rollout began at 02:30 UTC, after the rocket was erected at the launchpad, teams of Roscosmos enterprises commenced working in accordance with the Launch Day One: schemes assembly, autonomous checks of the spacecraft, carrier rocket and launchpad systems and mechanisms followed by a report on check results.

On October 13, a State Commission meeting will take place to confirm the 64th long-term ISS mission prime and backup crews. After that, the cosmonauts and astronauts will take part in an online press conference that will be broadcast starting at 10:00 UTC at Roscosmos official website, and Rossiya Segodnya News Agency website.

Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-17, which is all set for the quickest-ever crew trip, will become the first manned spacecraft to fly toward the International Space Station (ISS) via the ultra-fast two-orbit flight plan and reach the destination in three hours.

The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft is scheduled to launch on October 14, 2020, at 05:45 UTC with its docking to the Russian segment of the ISS after two revolutions around the target orbit, at 08:52 UTC. The spacecraft prime crew includes Sergey Ryzhikov (Roscosmos), Sergey Kud-Sverchkov (Roscosmos) and Kathleen Rubins (NASA). Their backups are Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei.

Source: Roscosmos