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by N_Molson 08-22-2019, 07:21 AM




The Mission Control Center is ready for the Soyuz MS-14 launch

August 21, 2019, 12:14 GMT
TsNIIMash Mission Control Center has finished the planned work to prepare for the Soyuz MS-14 launch to low Earth orbit, its approach and docking to the International Space Station. The unpiloted flight will be performed according to the 48-hour scheme to test the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket together with the Soyuz-MS transport ship.

According to the Mission Control Center calculations, the Soyuz MS-14 launch is scheduled on August 22, 2019 at 03:38:33 UTC. The live broadcast from Baikonur will be available in the Live Broadcast section starting from 03:00 UTC.

The Chief Operating Control Group of the Russian segment of the ISS will take over the flight control after the ship separation from the third stage of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket. The estimated orbit insertion time is 03:47 UTC.

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft approach to the station and its berthing to the Poisk research module is planned to be performed automatically under control of the Chief Operating Control Group of the Russian segment of the ISS at the Mission Control Center and the Russian ISS crewmembers. The docking is scheduled at 05:30 UTC on August 24, 2019.

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Source : Roscosmos

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Launch outcome : SUCCESS

A Soyuz-2-1a rocket carrying the pilotless Soyuz MS-14 transport spacecraft lifted off from Site 31 in Baikonur on August 22, 2019, at 06:38 Moscow Time. (It will be 11:38 p.m. EDT on August 21.)

At the time of the Soyuz MS-14 launch, the International Space Station was flying over Africa, near the border between Chad and Sudan.

The rocket followed a standard ascent profile and the separation of Soyuz MS-14 from the third stage of the launch vehicle took place at 06:47 Moscow Time. According to the Russian mission control, the Soyuz-2-1a rocket performed perfecty during the launch, delivering the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft into an initial orbit with the following parameters:
  • Perigee: 200 kiometers
  • Apogee: 243 kilometers
  • Orbital period: 88.64 minutes
  • Orbital inclination: 51.67 degrees toward the Equator.
Reaching the station

Following a two-day trip to the station, Soyuz MS-14 will dock at the MIM-2 Poisk module, a part of the Russian Segment, on August 24, at 08:31 Moscow Time (1:30 a.m. EDT). As usual, all the rendezvous and docking operations were planned in fully automated mode, however, unlike the operations with the Progress cargo ships, the ISS crew will have no TORU remote-control system available to take over rendezvous operations in the unlikely case of a problem during the automated flight mode. Instead, cosmonaut Aleksei Ovchinin and Aleksand Skvortsov aboard the Zvezda Service Module will be on stand by to call off the docking in case of major issues in the rendezvous process.

Soyuz MS-14 will remain at the ISS for two weeks and it is scheduled to undock from the station on Sept. 6, 2019, at 21:13 Moscow Time (2:13 p.m. EDT).

The Descent Module of the spacecraft should then touch down in Kazakhstan on Sept. 7, 2019, at 00:35 Moscow Time (03:35 local time in Kazakhstan). It will be 5:35 p.m. EDT on September 7.

Source : http://russianspaceweb.com/soyuz-ms-14.html (Anatoly Zak)







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That's just scary...
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Because the flag is russian ? Come on... Well, maybe he looks a bit like an early Terminator
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 Because the flag is russian ? Come on... Well, maybe he looks a bit like an early Terminator
Not the flag, the robot in an human spaceship with no humans... it can only get scarier if the robot had a tail.
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Soyuz docking aborted at International Space Station

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Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station commanded an approaching unpiloted Soyuz spacecraft to abort its docking Saturday after the ship’s automated rendezvous system ran into trouble, leaving ground teams assessing what went wrong and whether to attempt another link-up in orbit...

https://spaceflightnow.com/2019/08/2...space-station/


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Mission Step : Docking (automated)
Outcome : FAILURE
A fault occured in the ISS docking equipment, docking aborted. Spacecraft is in good condition and solar arrays work well, loading the batteries. Another attempt is planned for the 27th.



From Roscosmos :

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August 24, 2019, 06:45 GMT

Given the issues, emerged during the docking of the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft with the International Space Station (ISS), the state commission chaired by Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin gathered for the meeting at the Mission Control Center to consider the situation and discuss the measures to overcome the fault in the docking system.

The spacecraft is currently staying afar from the ISS, the docking is scheduled for the reserve date. The crew and the ISS are safe.

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August 24, 2019, 16:00 GMT

The Soyuz MS-14 is the first piloted spacecraft, which was launched using the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket. In order to certify the system and ensure the safety of cosmonauts the launch on August, 22 was unpiloted and was successful without any issues.

This provides an opportunity to use this space complex for the crewed missions. However, during the docking of the ship a fault occurred in the ISS equipment responsible for the safe approach and airlocking. Therefore the Mission Control Center decided to withdraw the ship to a safe distance to ensure the safety of the crew.

The RSC Energia specialists offered the State Commission the following Soyuz MS-14 redocking variant:

- On August, 26 Alexander Skvortsov crew will manually redock the Soyuz MS-13 piloted ship from the Zvezda module to the Small Research Module-2, where the Soyuz MS-14 was meant to dock.
- On August, 27 the second automatic docking attempt will take place, with the Soyuz MS-14 docking to the Zvezda module.

Presently the Soyuz MS-14 is in normal spin in the Sun awaiting the redocking. Tomorrow Alexander Skvortsov will take an additional training according to the normal procedure using the onboard simulator to redock the Soyuz MS-13.

The situation is complicated, however is under control.

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Second docking attempt will take place the 27th of August at 03:12 UTC.

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Regarding the Soyuz spacecraft docking
August 25, 2019, 06:00 GMT

On August 22, 2019 the Soyuz MS-14 unpiloted ship test launch took place according to the International Space Station flight program. On August, 24 due to the technical issues the automatic docking of the ship to the ISS was cancelled. To organize its docking, on August, 26 the Soyuz MS-13 piloted spacecraft will be redocked from the Zvezda service module to the Poisk Mini-Research Module 2 of the Russian segment of the ISS.

The estimated time of the Soyuz MS-13 detachment from the Zvezda module is at 03:34 UTC, the docking to the Poisk module is at 03:59 UTC. The whole operation will last for about 25 minutes. The docking will be performed manually by the ship’s commander Alexander Skvortsov with onboard engineers Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan taking part. On August, 25 the ISS crew is training to redock the spacecraft and carrying out its depreservation.

The redocking will be performed to free up the Zvezda service module docking unit, which will be used to dock the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft on August 27, 2019 at 03:12 UTC.

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The transfer of MS-13 (from the Zvezda module to the Poisk module) completed successfully.
So Zvezda is free for the MS-14 docking attempt tomorrow.

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Soyuz MS-13 successfully redocked
August 26, 2019, 04:00 GMT
On August, 26 the Soyuz MS-13 piloted spacecraft was successfully redocked from the Zvezda module to the Poisk module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

Earlier the crew including Alexander Skvortsov, Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan transferred into the spacecraft and closed the transfer hatches. After checking the sealing and carrying out the necessary preparations the crew prepared for undocking.

At 03:35 UTC the Soyuz MS-13 detached from the ISS. After making a fly-around of the ISS, at 03:59 UTC it docked to the Poisk module. All the operations were performed by Alexander Skvortsov using the manual control system.

The freed up Zvezda module berth will be used to dock the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, which is scheduled for August, 27 at 03:12 UTC. The spacecraft test launch took place on August, 22 with its automatic docking to the ISS called off due to technical issues.
Source: http://en.roscosmos.ru/20892/
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Smile Re: Soyuz MS-14 (uncrewed flight test)

Hello! I did some contributions on the Wikipedia article Soyuz MS-14. Feel free to watch the history of it.

Anyway, according to Wikipedia, the next attempt to dock Soyuz MS-14 with the ISS is scheduled on 27 August 2019 at 03:12 AM UTC.
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Mission Step : Docking (automated, attempt #2)
Outcome : SUCCESS

Soyuz MS-14 docked to the ISS
August 27, 2019, 03:10 GMT

On August 27, 2019, the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft docked to the Zvezda module of the International Space Station. The crew is now preparing to open the hatches.

The approach was under control of the Mission Control Center specialists and Roscosmos cosmonauts. The crew is now preparing to open the hatches. The Soyuz MS-14 ship delivered about 670 kg of dry cargo to the ISS, including scientific and medical equipment, life support system components, as well as containers with food supplies, medication and personal hygiene items for the crewmembers.

The cargo delivered includes equipment for the Biofilm, Microvir, Magnetic 3D-bioprinter, UV-atmosphere, Cascade, as well as Tester experiments, during which the Skybot F-850 humanoid robot system will be tested.

To recap, the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-14 was launched on August 22, 2019. The launch was unpiloted and became the test flight for the carrier rocket, as previously it had launched into orbit only cargo ships and automatic spacecraft.


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