State Commission confirms ISS-64 crews

The State Commission on Crewed Space Complexes Flight Testing presided over by Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin confirmed the prime and backup crews composition of the Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft. At the same time, the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket and the ground infrastructure was confirmed to be ready for the upcoming launch in accordance with the International Space Station program.

The prime and backup crews composition of the Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft. Image credit: Roscosmos

The Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft prime crew includes Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, as well as NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins. Their backups are Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, as well as NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei.

Starting at 10:00 UTC, the crews will take part in an online prelaunch press conference available live. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket with the Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 14, 2020 at 05:45 UTC. This flight will be the first to follow a two-orbit rendezvous scheme with the docking to Rassvet module planned at 08:52 UTC.


Source: Roscosmos