03 December, 2018

MCC. Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft docks to ISS

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Soyuz MS-11 manned transport vehicle successfully docked the docking unit of the Poisk mini research module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). The docking took place on 3 December, at 20:33 Moscow time.

The flight program was designed to carry out a four-loop approach to the station. The approach was carried out automatically under control of the specialists of the Chief operational crew for the management of the Russian segment of the ISS at the Mission Control Centre and of the Russian members of the station and spacecraft’s crews.

Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with Soyuz MS-11 manned transport vehicle blasted off on 3 December 2018 at 14:31 Moscow time. The spacecraft delivered to the ISS the members of ISS Expedition 58/59: Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos), American astronaut Anne McClain (NASA), and Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques (CSA).

The crews of the transport vehicle and ISS are currently preparing to open transfer hatches so that the spacecraft’s crew can move to the station. 

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