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Default Soyuz TMA-04M, Soyuz-FG, May 15, 2012 (launch, docking and landing updates)
by Galactic Penguin SST 05-14-2012, 10:14 AM

I'm surprised there're no threads for the next crew launch to the International Space Station....so I'm setting up one.
This is the first in a series of 5 confirmed consecutive launches worldwide in a span of less than 72 hours (including at least 3 within 3 hours of each other!).
On board are 3 new crew members of ISS expedition 31/32, 2 from Russia and 1 from the US.
This is the 113th manned Soyuz mission to fly, and the fourth of the Soyuz-TMA-M series. The launch was delayed by almost two months when the original spacecraft scheduled to fly was damaged in a vacuum chamber test in January (the descent module was a write-off), and this flight will feature the next one, Soyuz-TM s/n 705.



Launch location:

Baikonur Launch pad no. 1/5 4555'12.85"N, 6320'32.27"E



Launch dates and times:

Launch times
Time Zone
Australia - Sydney/AEST (UTC+11)
Baikonur / UTC+6
Moscow / MSKS (UTC+4)
Universal / UTC
Washington / EDT (UTC-4)
Launch time (Primary):
14:01:23
09:01:23
07:01:23
03:01:23
23:01:23
on:
May. 15, 2012
May. 15, 2012
May. 15, 2012
May. 15, 2012
May. 14, 2012
Launch time (Backup):
13:13:07
08:13:07
06:13:07
02:13:07
22:13:07
on:
May. 17, 2012
May. 17, 2012
May. 17, 2012
May. 17, 2012
May. 16, 2012
*Click here to restart the timer* Soyuz TMA-04M Launch

Docking times
Time Zone
Australia - Sydney/AEST (UTC+11)
Moscow / MSKS (UTC+4)/
Universal / UTC
Washington / EST (UTC-5)
 
Docking time (Primary):
15:38:29 +-3 min
08:38:29 +-3 min
04:38:29 +-3 min
00:38:29 +-3 min
 
on:
May. 17, 2012
May. 17, 2012
May. 17, 2012
May. 17, 2012
 
Docking time (Backup):
15:25 +-3 min
08:25 +-3 min
04:25 +-3 min
00:25 +-3 min
 
on:
May. 19, 2012
May. 19, 2012
May. 19, 2012
May. 19, 2012
 
*Click here to restart the timer* Soyuz TMA-04M docking to ISS

Live Coverage Of The Launch:

Soyuz TMA-04M (industry id 11F747 #705, NASA id Soyuz 30S) manned spaceship

The crew:

Commander Gennady Padalka, Roscosmos (previous flight experience: Soyuz TM-28 / Mir Exp. 26, Soyuz TMA-4 / ISS Exp. 6, Soyuz TMA-14 / ISS Exp. 19/20)
Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, Roscosmos (previous flight experience: none)
Flight Engineer Joseph Acaba, NASA (previous flight experience: STS-119)
The mission patch:



Mission Profile

Ascent Chart:


1. Approach and Docking Chart:


The times below are Moscow Time (UTC+4), commas separate fractional part of numbers:

The expected payload separation time: 07h 10m 11.26s

2. Orbital Parameters of Soyuz TMA-04M and the ISS

ParameterDesignationSoyuz TMA-04M at 15/05ISS at 17/05
Orbital PeriodT, min88.64 +-0.36792.46
Inclinationi, degrees51.67 +-0.05851.66
Min altitudeh, km200 +7 -22392.2
Max altitudeH, km242 +-42413.8
Phase angle between the space ship and the ISS is about 340 degrees
Projected duration of the space ship at the nominal orbit is no less than 20 orbits (~30 hrs)

3. Transfer maneuvers
(two days long approach scheme applied)

* Nominal two-burn maneuver and two-burn orbit phasing correction
DateBurn atOrbit #Delta V, m/sBurn duration, spost-burn T,minpost-burn i,degpost-burn h,kmpost-burn H,km
15.05.1210:36:52324.2760.789.4651.65217.1286.4
15.05.1211:19:1847.4219.489.7151.66241.7289.4
* The 2nd day's one-burn correction
DateBurn atOrbit #Delta V, m/sBurn duration, spost-burn T,minpost-burn i,degpost-burn h,kmpost-burn H,km
16.05.1208:11:05172.0029.189.7651.66248.1288.0
Autonomous approach program is initiated at 06:18:46

4. Approach at the Close range

Flyaround, station keeping and docking are to be performed from May 17th, 2012 at 08 hrs 18 min 52 sec before making contact

5. Docking

Contact and capture are to be performed on May 17th, 2012 at 08 hrs 38 min 29 sec +-3 min

Docking is performed to MIM-2 Poisk +Y docking node

Launch Vehicle:

Characteristics
Soyuz-U
Prime contractor:
  • Samara Space Sentre (Energia Holding enterprise)
GRAU Index:
  • 11A511U-FG
Height:
51.1 m
Diameter:
max 10.3 m
Liftoff mass:
313 metric tonnes
Payload mass:
6.95 tonnes at ISS orbit from Baikonur
1st stage (boosters B, V, G, D):
  • 4 X RD-107A engines
  • Propellants (T-1 Kerosene and LOX)
  • Thrust/ISP in vacuum - / 316 s
  • Thrust/ISP at sea level 79.4 tonnes / 253 s
  • Total 1st stage's thrust at sea level: 411.1 tonnes
2nd stage (core A):
  • 1 X RD-108A engine
  • Propellants (T-1 Kerosene and LOX)
  • Thrust/ISP in vacuum 102 tonnes / 314 s
  • Thrust/ISP at sea level 83.5 tonnes / 257 s
3rd stage (block I):
  • 1 X RD-0110 engine
  • Propellants (T-1 Kerosene and LOX)
  • Thrust/ISP in vacuum 30.38 tonnes / 359 s

The vehicle's reliability statistics according to http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/log2012.html#rate:

Code:
================================================================ 
Vehicle     Successes/Tries Realzd Pred  Consc. Last     Dates    
                             Rate  Rate* Succes Fail    
================================================================
Soyuz-FG         28    28   1.00  .97     28    None     2001-


Weather forecast for Baikonur, Kazakhstan on May 15, 2012 (9 a.m.)


TimeTempsWindChillHeat IndexUV IndexDew PointRelative HumidityPrecipSnowCloudsVisibilityWindWeather
9 AM25C25C25C3Moderate11C43%0%0%10%16KMENE 1.8 m/s Sunny
Lighting conditions

Times are local.

EventTime
Astronomical twilight begins04:00
Nautical twilight begins04:53
Civil twilight begins05:38
Sunrise06:12
Transit (sun is at its highest)13:42
Sunset21:13
Civil twilight ends21:47
Nautical twilight ends22:32
Astronomical twilight ends23:25
Orbiter Launch scenario

For Orbiter 2010P1, Requires addons:
Code:
BEGIN_DESC
Soyuz TMA-04M to ISS, Launched from LC 1.

Note: I have only added FGB Zarya in place of the ISS in present day configuration. Its purpose is to mark the approximate real position of the ISS. Feel free to add more modules and spacecraft for realism.
END_DESC

BEGIN_ENVIRONMENT
  System Sol
  Date MJD 56062.124340
END_ENVIRONMENT

BEGIN_FOCUS
  Ship Launchpad
END_FOCUS

BEGIN_CAMERA
  TARGET Launchpad
  MODE Extern
  POS 3.01 -0.29 0.43
  TRACKMODE TargetRelative
  FOV 30.00
END_CAMERA

BEGIN_SHIPS
SoyuzTMA-04M:ISSR\SouyzTMA
  STATUS Landed Earth
  POS -128.5364451 26.0026864
  HEADING 96.22
  ATTACHED 0:5,Stage3
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.000
  NAVFREQ 0 0
  CAM 0 0.0000 1
  SOL_DEP 0 0.0000 1
  ENG_COV 0 0.0000 1 0 0
  VKA 0 0.0000 1
  PROBE 0 0.0000 1 0.0000
  LIGHT 1 0
  BATTERY 39938.4015 95.0914
  SHOWDATA 1
  DEPLOY 60.0000
  TRACK 0
  INIT 1
  TARGET 
  CURDOCK 0
  CMST 0
  DETACH 0
  DEPRESS 0 0.0000
  IMP 3
  ALLOW_BALLISTIC
END
SAS:r7_SZ\LES
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.000 1:1.000
  LESTYPE 3
END
Fairing1:r7_SZ\TMA_fairing
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.0000
  FTYPE 0
  MESHNAME1 r7_SZ\SF12
  MESHNAME2 r7_SZ\SF02
END
Fairing2:r7_SZ\TMA_fairing
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.0000
  FTYPE 0
  MESHNAME1 r7_SZ\SF11
  MESHNAME2 r7_SZ\SF01
END
BlockI:r7_SZ\BlockI
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.000
  FAIRING1 Fairing2
  FREF1 -1.245 0 -3
  FROT1 0 -1 0
  FAIRING2 Fairing1 
  FREF2 -1.245 -0.005 -3
  FROT2 0 1 0
  LES SAS
  PAYLOAD SoyuzTMA-04M
  PREF 0 0 -3
  PAY_ADAPTER 0
END
BlockB:r7_SZ\BlockBD
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.000
  BODY_MESHNAME r7_SZ\BlockBD
END
BlockV:r7_SZ\BlockBD
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.000
  BODY_MESHNAME r7_SZ\BlockBD 
END
BlockG:r7_SZ\BlockBD
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.000
  BODY_MESHNAME r7_SZ\BlockBD
END
BlockD:r7_SZ\BlockBD
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.000
  BODY_MESHNAME r7_SZ\BlockBD
END
Launcher:r7_SZ\BlockA
  STATUS Landed Earth
  PRPLEVEL 0:1.000
  =========== BLOCK A vars 
  PAYLOAD BlockI
  PREF 0.0 0.0 -4.25
  ADAPTER_MESHNAME r7_SZ\BlockIAdapter
  BODY_MESHNAME r7_SZ\BlockA
  BLOCK_B BlockB 
  BLOCK_V BlockV 
  BLOCK_G BlockG 
  BLOCK_D BlockD 
END
Launchpad:r7_SZ\Launchpad
 STATUS Landed Earth
 LAUNCHER Launcher
 LAUNCH_MJD 56062.125961
 ORBIT 200.00 242.00 51.66
 BOOMS_MESHNAME r7_SZ\BoomS
 FUELING_MAST 1.00
 CABLEMAST_MESHNAME r7_SZ\CableMast
 TABLETOP_MESHNAME r7_SZ\TableTop1Late
END
kmlWriter:r7_SZ\kmlWriter
  STATUS Landed Earth
END
ISS:ISSR\Zarya
  STATUS Orbiting Earth
  RPOS -1856138.59 3574584.19 -5474217.90
  RVEL 4353.730 -4492.135 -4424.860
  AROT 0.00 -0.00 0.00
  AFCMODE 7
  PRPLEVEL 0:0.500000 1:0.500000
  NAVFREQ 0 0
  XPDR 161
  ANT 0 0.0000 1
  CAM 1
  SOL_DEP 0 0.0000 1
  ControlMode 0
  SOL_ST 0.0000 0
  MSSTATE 0
  LIGHT 1 1
  BATTERY 95600.0000 1.0000
  SHOWDATA 1
END
END_SHIPS
Simulated boosting phase screenshot



References
http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/progress_m14m.htm
http://www.federalspace.ru
http://tvroscosmos.ru
http://www.tsenki.com
http://www.samspace.ru
http://www.npoenergomash.ru/engines/
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com
http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru
http://www.spacelaunchreport.com
http://www.intellicast.com/Local/Forecast.aspx
http://www.good-stuff.co.uk/suntimes/sunmap.php
http://www.orbithangar.com

Last edited by SiberianTiger; 05-14-2012 at 03:39 PM. Reason: corrected the launch site picture and posted the honest simulation pic ;)
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:46 AM   #2
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Great catch.
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Old 05-14-2012, 11:28 AM   #3
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A manned launch. It's been a while
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I think it's worthy of reminding that modification of Soyuz TMA-M series is a multi-stage work, and virtually each new item is different from previous in some way. There was a reference table in Novosti Kosmonavtiki magazine that lists the stages of modernizartion few years ago. Not sure if it had been translated and posted anywhere before, but I'm quoting it here.

Production item #Public designationNASA DesignationFlown on/To fly onModificationComments
701TMA-01M24SOct 7, 2010New digital computer TsVM-101, new digital onboard telemetry system (MBITS) 
702TMA-02M27SJun 6, 2011Upgrade to EFIR device (electronic former of propellant consumption pulses) 
703TMA-03M29SDec 21, 2011New solar arrays with better filling of surface with photovoltaic elements with better KPI; Increase of capacity of the buffer batteries from 350 A*h to 425 A*hIn orbit now
704--not flownReplacement of SMI-4 lights by SFOK LED headlight; Additional meteorite shielding on the Orbital Module.Descent module broken during pressurization testing
705TMA-04M30SMay 15, 2012Replacement of Descent Module's system Rassvet-M by Rassvet-3BM. This new system will work after landing by determination of the touchdown point's coordinates by the built-in GPS/GLONASS receiver and transmit the coordinates to MCC-M via Kospas/SARSAT beaconCombines DM from the original #705 and OM&SM from the original #704
708(TBD)(TBD)Spring 2013The docking node will have additional latching electric motors for better hard docking 
710(TBD)(TBD)Fall 2013Replacement of Kvant-V control and comms equipment by a new system capable of remote controlling the craft via Luch relay system 
711(TBD)(TBD)Fall 2013Different placement of DPO motors; replacement of orbit radio tracking system by ASN-K satellite navigation system; replacement of docking system Kurs-A by enhanced Kurs-NA; replacement of VSK-4 optical sight by TV system with the pilot's display. 
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 I think it's worthy of reminding that modification of Soyuz TMA-M series is a multi-stage work, and virtually each new item is different from previous in some way. There was a reference table in Novosti Kosmonavtiki magazine that lists the stages of modernizartion few years ago. Not sure if it had been translated and posted anywhere before, but I'm quoting it here.

Production item #Public designationNASA DesignationFlown on/To fly onModificationComments
701TMA-01M24SOct 7, 2010New digital computer TsVM-101, new digital onboard telemetry system (MBITS) 
702TMA-02M27SJun 6, 2011Upgrade to EFIR device (electronic former of propellant consumption pulses) 
703TMA-03M29SDec 21, 2011New solar arrays with better filling of surface with photovoltaic elements with better KPI; Increase of capacity of the buffer batteries from 350 A*h to 425 A*hIn orbit now
704--not flownReplacement of SMI-4 lights by SFOK LED headlight; Additional meteorite shielding on the Orbital Module.Descent module broken during pressurization testing
705TMA-04M30SMay 15, 2012Replacement of Descent Module's system Rassvet-M by Rassvet-3BM. This new system will work after landing by determination of the touchdown point's coordinates by the built-in GPS/GLONASS receiver and transmit the coordinates to MCC-M via Kospas/SARSAT beaconCombines DM from the original #705 and OM&SM from the original #704
708(TBD)(TBD)Spring 2013The docking node will have additional latching electric motors for better hard docking 
710(TBD)(TBD)Fall 2013Replacement of Kvant-V control and comms equipment by a new system capable of remote controlling the craft via Luch relay system 
711(TBD)(TBD)Fall 2013Different placement of DPO motors; replacement of orbit radio tracking system by ASN-K satellite navigation system; replacement of docking system Kurs-A by enhanced Kurs-NA; replacement of VSK-4 optical sight by TV system with the pilot's display. 
I heard that there's another new variant of Soyuz - the Soyuz-MS coming up in 2015 or so (along with Progress-MS in 2014). What's new on them?
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 I heard that there's another new variant of Soyuz - the Soyuz-MS coming up in 2015 or so (along with Progress-MS in 2014). What's new on them?
It's not too clear, as Enegria is keeping low profile. But having gathered some information, it may be possible that it will include:

  • All the above listed improvements.
  • Ability to dock on 2nd or 3rd orbit after launch and outside of Russian ground stations' reach (all the navigation and flight logic embedded).
  • Heavier orbital module for delivery of bigger cargos (probably like on a pic below, but it might not be relevant).
  • Launched on Soyuz-2.1a
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Photos

Crew training and launch campaign pictures

April, Evgeny Tarelkin (from the back-up crew) holds an exam on malfuction of smoke detector:



Astronaut Joe Acaba in Zvezda Mock-Up:



The primary crewmen are preparing to take event simulation test cards for their final qualification test.



May 2nd, arrival at windy Baikonur:



A ceremony (the backups)



May 6, encapsulation of Soyuz:







The crew at the door of their Soyuz:



Trees planting



Subscribing the poster



May 12, attaching the escape tower


The rocket is assembled



Yesterday, rolling out and erection








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A little more than 6 hours to go. It's 22:50 PM there, is anyone in Europe going to wait for the launch (it should be around 5:00 AM) ? I'll do, anyway I have some work in late to do.

Go Soyuz !
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oooh its on NASA TV tonight, good thing I have directv.. I get that channel
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Old 05-14-2012, 09:17 PM   #11
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 ...is anyone in Europe going to wait for the launch (it should be around 5:00 AM) ?...
If I wake up for the usual "nightly WC stroll" I'll give it a shot, but I'm too tired to stay up the whole night.
Thank Probe we've got Youtube!
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3 hours to go...
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:07 AM   #13
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2 hours until airing in NASA TV and I have to go to lecture by then
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Still holding on... 1 hour and 30 minutes to go !
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:23 AM   #15
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NASA coverage about to start...

---------- Post added at 02:01 AM ---------- Previous post was at 01:57 AM ----------

Coverage started.

---------- Post added at 02:23 AM ---------- Previous post was at 02:01 AM ----------

Crew suit up being shown.

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