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Default Soyuz-TMA-21 "Yuri Gagarin" Updates
by diogom 03-30-2011, 06:24 PM

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Soyuz TMA-21 lifts-off on April 4, at 22:18:20 UTC (April 5, 01:18:20 MSK). It will be devoted to the 50th anniversary of Gagarin's flight, and will thus carry several additional patches.

Crew:

Aleksandr Mikhailovich Samokutyayev (Commander)
Andrey Ivanovich Borisenko (Flight Engineer)
Ronald John Jr. Garan (Flight Engineer)

Backup crew:

Anton Nikolaevich Shkaplerov (Commander)
Anatoliy Alekseevich Ivanishin (Flight Engineer)
Daniel Burbank (Flight Engineer)

The Soyuz will dock to the Poisk module (Zvezda nadir) on the 7th, and will remain docked to serve as an escape pod, in the event of an emergency.

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Old 03-30-2011, 06:26 PM   #2
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A couple of pics of the Soyuz in processing. From RSC Energia website.
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Here's calendar event for the launch, and here you can request a reminder for it.
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I love the Gagarin logo on the BO!

Let's hope this Soyuz gets to do a flyabout of ISS/Shuttle.
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 I love the Gagarin logo on the BO!

Let's hope this Soyuz gets to do a flyabout of ISS/Shuttle.
That would be really cool!
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http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss27/photo_03-31.html

The prime and backup crews made a check inspection of the spacecraft in the launch configuration and got acquainted with equipment to be delivered and returned to the ground.
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http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss27/photo_04-01.html

Processing of the rocket continues.
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The last flight was a Soyuz TMAM (Soyuz TMA-01M) flight. Why has it gone back to a Soyuz TMA (Soyuz TMA-21) instead of Soyuz TMA-02M?
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I wonder too. I guess there was one TMA in stock ?
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The TMA-M isn't operational yet, it's still on the testing phase. -01M and -02M serve as flight development tests, and -03M will be used for qualification tests. From -04M on, the TMA will stop flying, and the M version will be always used.
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 The TMA-M isn't operational yet, it's still on the testing phase. -01M and -02M serve as flight development tests, and -03M will be used for qualification tests. From -04M on, the TMA will stop flying, and the M version will be always used.
Good call .
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http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss27/photo_04-02.html

The rocket has been moved to the pad. As with every RSC news, nice pics on the link above.
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 The last flight was a Soyuz TMAM (Soyuz TMA-01M) flight.
The last flight was Soyuz TMA-20. The TMA-01M was before it.
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http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss27/photo_04-01_2.html

And on April 1st, a "...meeting of the Technical management under the chairmanship of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia President and General Designer V.A. Lopota and State commission was held. A decision on rollout of the launch vehicle with the Soyuz TMA-21 transport manned spacecraft to the launch facility and its preparation for launch planned for April 5, 2011 was adopted."

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Crew seating arrangement.
Taken from http://www.spacefacts.de/english/flights.htm
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