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Default Soyuz TMA-07M, Soyuz-FG, December 19, 2012 (launch and mission updates)
by Galactic Penguin SST 12-17-2012, 09:03 PM

Continuing a series of multi-national crews on working in humanity's orbital laboratory, a tri-national crew will be launched on Wednesday towards a two day flight to the International Space Station. On the controls will be cosmonaut Roman Romanenko (on his second expedition after a quick rise to the ISS commander position in 2009, and following the steps of his father Yuri Romanenko on multiple spaceflights), along with veteran Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield (on his third flight in 18 years, and will become the first Canadian ISS commander later on his expedition) and NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn (returning to space after flying on STS-127 in 2009).
This is the 116th manned Soyuz mission to fly, and the seventh of the Soyuz-TMA-M series. The orbital and service modules were taken from Soyuz-TMA #704, which its original descent module was written off in a pressurization test in January.



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 / EST (UTC-5)
Launch time (Primary):
23:12:36
18:12:36
14:12:36
12:12:36
07:12:36
on:
Dec. 19, 2012
Dec. 19, 2012
Dec. 19, 2012
Dec. 19, 2012
Dec. 19, 2012
Launch time (Backup):
22:50:03
17:50:03
13:50:03
11:50:03
06:50:03
on:
Dec. 20, 2012
Dec. 20, 2012
Dec. 20, 2012
Dec. 20, 2012
Dec. 20, 2012
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Docking times
Time Zone
Australia - Sydney/AEST (UTC+11)
Moscow / MSKS (UTC+4)/
Universal / UTC
Washington / EST (UTC-5)
 
Docking time (Primary):
03:12 +-3 min
18:12 +-3 min
14:12 +-3 min
09:12 +-3 min
 
on:
Dec. 22, 2012
Dec. 21, 2012
Dec. 21, 2012
Dec. 21, 2012
 
Docking time (Backup):
04:24 +-3 min
17:24 +-3 min
13:24 +-3 min
08:24 +-3 min
 
on:
Dec. 23, 2012
Dec. 22, 2012
Dec. 22, 2012
Dec. 22, 2012
 
*Click here to restart the timer* Soyuz TMA-07M docking to ISS

Live Coverage Of The Launch:

Soyuz TMA-07M (industry id 11F747 #704A, NASA id Soyuz 33S) manned spaceship

The crew:

Commander Roman Romanenko, Roscosmos (previous flight experience: Soyuz TMA-15 / ISS Exp. 20/21)
Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield, CSA (previous flight experience: STS-74, STS-100)
Flight Engineer Thomas Marshburn, NASA (previous flight experience: STS-127)
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 spacecraft separation time: 16h 21m 24.26s

2. Orbital Parameters of Soyuz TMA-07M and the ISS

ParameterDesignationSoyuz TMA-05M at 19/12ISS at 21/12
Orbital PeriodT, min88.64 +-0.36792.72
Inclinationi, degrees51.66 +-0.05851.66
Min altitudeh, km200 +7 -22402.28
Max altitudeH, km242 +-42439.67
Phase angle between the space ship and the ISS is about 280 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
19.12.1219:47:43330.8176.689.6951.66217.63308.32
19.12.1220:35:49423.6958.690.5151.65284.37338.79
* 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
20.12.1217:30:46172.0028.990.5851.66290.22339.84
Autonomous approach program is initiated at 15:51:08.

4. Approach at the Close range

Fly-around, station keeping and docking are to be performed from December 21st, 2012 at 17 hrs 50 min 59 sec before making contact

5. Docking

Contact and capture are to be performed on December 21st, 2012 at 18 hrs 12 min +-3 min.

Docking is performed to MIM-1 Rassvet -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         31    31   1.00  .97     31    None     2001-


Weather forecast for Baikonur, Kazakhstan on December 19, 2012 (6 p.m.)


Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of -22C with a windchill as low as -34C. Windy. Winds from the ENE at 30 to 35 km/h.


TimeTempsDew PointWind ChillRelative HumidityPrecipSnowCloud coverPressureWindWeather
5 PM-17C-28C-28C38%0%0%43%1049 hPa29 km/h NE Partly Cloudy

References
http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/sojuztma_07m/start.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://english.wunderground.com/cgi-...47,65.50000000

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Old 12-17-2012, 09:27 PM   #2
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Wind Chill at -28C

Yup, just your typical day in Kazakhstan.
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Ascent is nominal.

---------- Post added at 12:21 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:20 PM ----------

Third stage cutoff and separation !

---------- Post added at 12:22 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:21 PM ----------

Antennas and solar arrays deployed. Capsule in orbit. Crew in good condition. Another one for Soyuz !
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NASASpaceflight: Soyuz TMA-07M launches with three new crewmembers for ISS, article by Orbinaut Pete
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Florida Today: Docking today: Soyuz crew nears International Space Station

Docking coverage is now on NASA TV.

Spaceflight Now: Mission Status Center:
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1331 GMT (8:31 a.m. EST)
The Soyuz is 4.3 miles from the station.
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Contact occurred at 14:08:45 UTC.




RussianSpaceWeb.com: New crew arrives at ISS

SPACE.com: Three Spaceflyers Arrive at International Space Station

Aviation Week: U.S., Canadian, Russian Soyuz Crew Reaches ISS

Florida Today: Soyuz safely docks with International Space Station
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My frend got this from listening on soyuz freq.
Can anyone confirm is that a crew of expedition 34 and say what are they talking about?
audio was recoded 30 min ago..

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/hc0up4oay...ki%20govor.wav
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