At Baikonur Cosmodrome, specialists of RSC Energia and relevant Roscosmos enterprises have completed the operations to load the Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft with propellant components and compressed gases.
After fueling operations, the spacecraft was delivered to the assembly and testing facility of Site 254 and installed into the dynamic test stand for further prelaunch processing operations, which include stowage of payloads and installation of multilayer insulation, spacecraft weight check and its mating with the launch vehicle adaptor section.
The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft under the program of Expeditions 63 and 64 to the International Space Station is scheduled for October 14, 2020 from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Continuing their flight training at the launch site is the prime crew of the spacecraft consisting of commander Sergey Ryzhikov (Roscosmos), flight engineer-1 Sergey Kud-Sverchkov (Roscosmos) and flight engineer-2 Kathleen Rubins (NASA). The backup crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, as well as NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei.