Soyuz TMA-17 atop Soyuz-FG on December 20/21, 2009

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Launch site:Baikonur (Launch pad no. 1/5 45°55'12.85"N, 63°20'32.27"E)

The launch time is:
06 : 52 : 00 Japanese Time 21.12.2009
03 : 52 : 00 Baikonur 21.12.2009
00 : 52 : 00 Moscow Local Time 21.12.2009
21 : 52: 00 UTC December 20, 2009
4 : 52 : 00 p.m. EST December 20, 2009


[eventTimer]2009-12-20 21:52:00?before|after;%dd% Days %hh% Hours %mm% Minutes %ss% Seconds %c%[/eventTimer] Soyuz TMA-17 Launch


The expected docking time is:
7 : 54 a.m. ± 3 min Japanese Time 23.12.2009
01 : 54 ± 3 min Moscow Local Time 23.12.2009
22 : 54 ± 3 min UTC December 22, 2009
5 : 54 p.m. ± 3 min EST December 22, 2009


[eventTimer]2009-12-22 22:54:00?before|after;%dd% Days %hh% Hours %mm% Minutes %ss% Seconds %c%[/eventTimer] Soyuz TMA-17 Docking


Crew Commander's Callsign: Pulsar

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Oleg V. Kotov (Commander)
Soyuz TMA-17 Commander,
ISS Flight Engineer in Exp 22 and Commander in Exp 23,
GCTC Cosmonaut (Russia)
M.D., Colonel of Medical Service of Russian Air Force,
1 space mission
196 days 17 hr 04 min 58 sec in space
Number of EVA's: 2

Born October 27, 1965, in Simferopol. Married. Has two children. Enjoys diving, computers, and photography.

In 1982 Dr. Kotov finished high school in Moscow and entered the Kirov Military Medical Academy, from which he graduated in 1988. Afterwards, Dr. Kotov served at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, where he held the positions of Deputy lead test-doctor and Lead test doctor. n March 1998, he received a test-cosmonaut qualification.

In 2007, Dr. Kotov served a six month tour of duty as a flight engineer and Soyuz commander on the Expedition-15 mission to the International Space Station.

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Timothy J. "T.J." Creamer (Flight Engineer)
Soyuz TMA-17 Flight Engineer,
ISS-22 Flight Engineer
NASA Astronaut, US Army Colonel,
No previous spaceflight experience

Born November 15, 1959 in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, but considers Upper Marlboro, Maryland, to be his hometown. Married. Has two children. His interests also include tennis, running, biking, reading, SCUBA, German language, and information technologies.

Educated in Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, Maryland, 1978.; B.S., Chemistry, Loyola College, Baltimore, Maryland, 1982.; M.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992.. Had a long career in US Army. He is now the Army's NASA Detachment commander.

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Soichi Noguchi
Soyuz TMA-17 Flight Engineer,
ISS-22 Flight Engineer
JAXA Astronaut
1 space mission
13 days 21 hr 32 min 22 sec in space
Number of EVA's: 3

Born in 1965 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. Considers Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan, to be his hometown. Enjoys basketball, skiing, camping, and flying.

STS-114 Discovery (July 26-August 9, 2005) was the Return to Flight mission during which the Shuttle docked with the International Space Station and the crew tested and evaluated new procedures for flight safety and Shuttle inspection and repair techniques. Noguchi served as MS-1 and EV-1 and performed 3 EVAs (spacewalks) totaling 20 hours and 5 minutes.

The back-up crew of the Soyuz TMA-17 consists of

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Anton N. Shkaplerov (Russia)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/shkaplerov.html

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Douglas H. Wheelock (USA)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/wheelock.html

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Satoshi Furukawa (Japan)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/furukawa-s.html

Expedition 22 post-join overview

The Soyuz 21 craft commanded by Kotov will launch from Baikonur on Dec. 21, and deliver him, Creamer and Noguchi to the station, with docking to the Zarya control module's Earthfacing port.

There are no U.S.-based spacewalks currently scheduled for Expedition 21 or 22. However, Suraev and Kotov will don Russian Orlan spacesuits in January for the station's 24th Russian spacewalk. It will be Kotov's third spacewalk and Suraev's first. The focus of the spacewalk will be the Russian segment's Mini-Research Module 2 (MRM2), which is scheduled to dock to the station in November and will provide an additional docking port and airlock on the station. Kotov and Suraev will be preparing the module by installing a docking target on its exterior and connecting an antenna that will be used to guide approaching vehicles to the larger antenna system on the Zvezda service module. They'll also lay cables to connect the module to the station's Ethernet system and install handrails on the hatches that will be used for spacewalks.

Williams and Suraev are scheduled to relocate their Soyuz to the newly connected MRM2 in January, making room at Zvezda's aft port for the Progress 36 cargo vehicle in February. During three months together as a crew of five, Williams, Suraev, Kotov, Creamer and Noguchi will continue station research and outfitting activities, using Canadarm2 to move Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 from its current location on the port side of the Harmony module to Harmony's Earth-facing common berthing mechanism port, and transferring External Stowage Platform 3 to the opposite side of the station's truss structure. They'll also complete unloading of the HTV cargo vehicle, load it with refuse, and, using Canadarm2, unberth it from the station and set it adrift so that flight controllers in Japan can command it to reenter the Earth's atmosphere and be destroyed.

Noguchi and Creamer also will assemble and check out the new JAXA Small Fine Arm (SFA) and install the Kibo airlock's depressurization pump, which will allow experiments to be installed and tested on the Kibo "back porch," also known as the Japanese External Facility (JEF). The Small Fine Arm will be used to manipulate experiments on the JEF. Based on robot arm technologies and operation experience from the Manipulator Flight Demonstration conducted on STS-85 in 1997, the SFA includes a 5-foot-long arm with six joints, a tool mechanism and a camera. It was designed so that it could pass through the Kibo airlock for repair and maintenance inside Kibo.

In January, one of the station's new commercial resupply rockets, built by Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX), will make its first demonstration flight. The station crew will not be involved in the mission, but it will mark an important milestone in providing additional supply lines for the station.

Also during this period, another Progress resupply exchange is planned. Progress 35 is scheduled to undock from the Pirs docking compartment on Feb. 2. The next Russian cargo shot, Progress 37, will launch from Baikonur and dock with the aft Zvezda port in April.

Another shuttle mission in February, STS-130, will deliver the final pressurized U.S. module, Tranquility, and its seven-window cupola. Tranquility will be installed on the newly vacated port berthing mechanism, and spacewalkers will connects its external utilities over the course of three spacewalks.

The shuttle and station crews will work together to integrate regenerative life support systems into the new Tranquility module, which will become the station's utility and exercise room. They will move the Air Revitalization System and its carbon dioxide removal equipment, the aste and Hygiene Compartment toilet system, the Water Recovery System, the Oxygen Generation System, the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device, the COLBERT treadmill and a crew quarters rack into the newly arrived Tranquility module, freeing up much needed research space in the Destiny Laboratory.

Williams will hand over command of the station to Kotov, and then he and Suraev will depart the station in their Soyuz, with landing in Kazakhstan set for March 18, 2010.

The next expedition crew members are set to arrive at the station in early April.
 

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Spacecraft: Soyuz TMA-17 (int: Soyuz 21S, model 11Ф732А17, serial #227)

Manufacturer: Energia Rocket & Space Company
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Mission: Flying the ISS Expedition 22/23 crew members aboard the ISS

The spacecraft's mass is 7220.0 kg (TBD)

The Launch Vehicle's Flight Profile:

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1. Soyuz-FG's ascent chart
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From here and on the times are given in Moscow Decreted Time Zone (UTC+3)

2. Initial orbit's parameters

The expected payload separation time: 01 h 00 m 48,26 s
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Phase angle between the space ship and the ISS is about 206 degrees.
Projected duration of the space ship at the nominal orbit is no less than 20 orbits (~30 hrs)

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

3.1. Orbit Phasing by the pre-calculated ballistic information

* 1st two-burn manoeuvre
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* 2nd one-burn correction
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3.2. Far range rendez-vous manouevering.

The input for the on-board rendez-vous system is given 3 hours before docking in form of state vectors of the spacecraft and the ISS.

Autonomous rendez-vous begin at 23:30:26
Assigned docking node Nadir FGB RS OS

4. Close range rendez-vous and approach manoeuvres

4.1. The far range. Approach targeting.

TBD after arrival at the targeting point, at orbit 33.

5. Docking to the ISS

On December 23, 2009 at 01 hrs 54 min 30 sec ±3 min.

BACKUP TIMES:
Launch: 23.12.2009, 00 hrs 03 min 45 sec
Docking: 25.12.2009, 01 hrs 05 ±3 min

The Approach Chart:
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Launcher: Soyuz-FG (model 11А511У-ФГ)

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Manufacturer: Samara Space Centre

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The vehicle's reliability statistics according to http://www.spacelaunchreport.com/reliability2009.txt:

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Soyuz-FG         19    19   1.00  .95     19    None     2001-

Launch preparation picture chronicles

Pressure chamber testing 30.11.2009
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Solar array illumination test 02.12.2009
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The crew's unofficial poster presented during Roscosmos tea party 05.12.2009 (see also my own photo report at http://orbiter-forum.com/showthread.php?t=11483)
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The primary and backup crews arrive at Baikonur 09.12.2009
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Crew training at Baikonur 10.12.2009
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Flag raising ceremony 11.12.2009
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Launch preparation picture chronicles (contunued)

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The crewmembers during the second preflight training 16.12.2009
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The crew visiting the assembly building in area 112 (Soyuz launcher assembly) 16.12.2009
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Transporting the payload assembly for mating with the launcher 16.12.2009
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Mating the space ship to the launcher 17.12.2009
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Roll-out and erection on the launch complex

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Soyuz TMA-17 mission videos (other mission videos are at http://www.tvroscosmos.ru/frm/video/start59.php)

Solar arrays light exposure on the TMA-17


The crews arrive at Baikonur


Soyuz-FG's rolling out and erection


Weather forecast for Baikonur, Kazakhstan for December 21, 2009

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Hi: -3°C
Lo: -11°C
There is a 0% chance of precipitation. Partly cloudy. Cold. Temperature of -3°C. Winds E 16km. Humidity will be 79% with a dewpoint of -6° and feels-like temperature of -7°C.

Sunrise/Sunset and associated twilight times for Baikonur on Monday, December 21, 2009

Times are local.
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Watching the launch live

NASA TV - Windows Media
http://www.nasa.gov/55644main_NASATV_Windows.asx
NASA TV - Real Player
http://www.nasa.gov/ram/35037main_portal.ram
NASA TV - QuickTime
http://www.nasa.gov/qtl/151335main_NASA_TV_QT.qtl

NASA TV Schedule for December 20 (the times are in EST):
December 20, Sunday
3:15 p.m. - ISS Expedition 22 Pre-Launch Activities in Baikonur, Kazakhstan Video File - JSC (Public and Media Channels)
4 p.m. - ISS Expedition 22 Launch Coverage in Baikonur, Kazakhstan (Launch scheduled at 4:52 p.m.) - JSC (Public and Media Channels)
8 p.m. - ISS Expedition 22 Launch Activities Video File - JSC (Public and Media Channels)
TSENKI video streams (Russian + English)
http://www.tv-tsenki.com/live.php
http://www.tv-tsenki.com/live3.php
ENERGIA's Webcast (Russian)
http://www.energia.ru:8080/ramgen/broadcast/lagoon/encoder/live.rm
TSUP M's (Moscow MCC's) stream - Windows Media (Russian)
mms://193.233.61.171/live

Vesti - High Quality (Russian)
http://www.vesti.ru/video1.asx?vid=onair
Vesti - Low Quality (Russian)
http://www.vesti.ru/video1.asx?vid=onair_low

JAXA streams (Japanese)
http://iss.jaxa.jp/iss/jaxa_exp/noguchi/library/live/

Source References
http://astro.zeto.czest.pl
http://astronaut.ru
http://www.jaxa.jp
http://www.energia.ru
http://www.federalspace.ru
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com
http://www.novosti-kosmonavtiki.ru
http://www.mcc.rsa.ru
http://www.tvroscosmos.ru
http://www.nasa.gov
http://www.spacelaunchreport.com
http://weatherbug.com
http://www.good-stuff.co.uk/suntimes/sunmap.php
 

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I am looking forward to this. Thank you for posting, as always.
 

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Crew is to arrive at the launch vehicle at
22 : 17 : 00 Moscow Local Time 20.12.2009
19: 17: 00 UTC December 20, 2009
2: 17 : 00 p.m. EST December 20, 2009

Be sure to watch the coverage.

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The van transporting the crew has arrived.

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After a short farewell, they are embarking the elevator.

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A yesterday's update from MCC-M, found at NASA ISS daily report resource:

ISS On-Orbit Status 12/19/09
During loading, a shroud separation sensor was physically impacted and damaged, but it is redundant and its operation is not required for launch (its telemetry was disabled), according to TsUP-Moscow (Mark Bowman).


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Ingression is over. Notice the black cat on the rope, Oleg's mascot.

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Pulsar 1 confirms systems check OK.

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The launch pad service structure's halves are to be lowered in 2 minutes (at 0:07)

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Ground: why is your cat misbehaving?
Kotov: it's his job.
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:)

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A traditional musical farewell is played for the crew.

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(it's audible on TSENKI)

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30 minutes standby. Boo, what a musical taste! :sick:

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Halves of the service structure are lowering.
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Shoulder belts are tightened.
 
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Some interesting bits of trivia about this mission:

. This will be the first EVER Soyuz launch to occur during a winter night!

. The last Soyuz launch to occur in the month of December was 19 years ago - Soyuz TM-11, which launched to Mir on Dec 2, 1990!

. This mission will be the last ever time that a Soyuz will dock at the nadir port of Zarya.
 

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I sent a good luck E-Mail to Tm Creamer last night, and he replied to it just this morning!
Very cool! :thumbup:

Good luck Tim, Soichi & Oleg!
 

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10 minutes launch readiness acquired.

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Well, isn't that technically a winter morning? ;)

Is the glass half-full or half-emty? ;)

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Guidance ready. 5 minutes standby.

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The crew are commanded to lower their visors
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Well, isn't that technically a winter morning? ;)

BTW, technically, we are wven later today.

One minute standby!

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Key to start command passed. The launch sequence is initiated.

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Vent

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Pressurize

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Ignition and lift-off

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1st stage sep. Escape tower sep.

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3rd stage ignition, 2nd stage separation
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420 sec
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We have the spacecraft's separation!
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Control is passed to TSUP Moscow.

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Congratulations to Oleg, Tim and Soichi san for their ascent to space!
Ground, keep up the good work.

Flight of Soyuz TMA-17 can now be tracked at
http://www.mcc.rsa.ru/model.htm

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Everybody here, thank you a lot for your support.
 

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I missed the launch by 15 seconds or so, but thanks to your timely postings, I was able to run and catch most of the acsent to orbit. Thanks a bunch, I'd never watched the Soyuz process before. Seen a few launches on youtube though.
 

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Next up:

FLIGHT DAY 1 OVERVIEW

Orbit 1
Post insertion: Deployment of solar panels, antennas and docking
probe

  • Crew monitors all deployments
  • Crew reports on pressurization of OMS/RCS and ECLSS systems and crew health. Entry thermal sensors are manually deactivated
  • Ground provides initial orbital insertion data from tracking

Orbit 2
Systems Checkout: IR Att Sensors, Kurs, Angular Accels,
“Display” TV Downlink System, OMS engine control system,
Manual Attitude Control Test

  • Crew monitors all systems tests and confirms onboard indications
  • Crew performs manual RHC stick inputs for attitude control test
  • Ingress into HM, activate HM CO2 scrubber and doff Sokols
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Manual maneuver to +Y to Sun and initiate a 2 deg/sec yaw
rotation. MCS is deactivated after rate is established.


Orbit 3
Terminate +Y solar rotation, reactivate MCS and establish LVLH
attitude reference (auto maneuver sequence)

  • Crew monitors LVLH attitude reference build up
  • Burn data command upload for DV1 and DV2 (attitude, TIG Delta V’s)
  • Form 14 preburn emergency deorbit pad read up
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking
Auto maneuver to DV1 burn attitude (TIG - 8 minutes) while LOS
  • Crew monitor only, no manual action nominally required
DV1 phasing burn while LOS
  • Crew monitor only, no manual action nominally required

Orbit 4
Auto maneuver to DV2 burn attitude (TIG - 8 minutes) while LOS
  • Crew monitor only, no manual action nominally required
DV2 phasing burn while LOS
  • Crew monitor only, no manual action nominally required
  • Crew report on burn performance upon AOS
  • HM and DM pressure checks read down
  • Post burn Form 23 (AOS/LOS pad), Form 14 and “Globe” corrections voiced up
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking
Manual maneuver to +Y to Sun and initiate a 2 deg/sec yaw
rotation. MCS is deactivated after rate is established.
External boresight TV camera ops check (while LOS)

Meal

Orbit 5
Last pass on Russian tracking range for Flight Day 1
Report on TV camera test and crew health
Sokol suit clean up

  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 6-12
Crew Sleep, off of Russian tracking range
  • Emergency VHF2 comm available through NASA VHF Network
 

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Launch photo report by RKK Energia

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Launch video by TV Roscosmos



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I missed the launch by 15 seconds or so, but thanks to your timely postings, I was able to run and catch most of the acsent to orbit. Thanks a bunch, I'd never watched the Soyuz process before. Seen a few launches on youtube though.

Welcome to Souyz fan club! :thumbup:

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Some hi-res photos of the Soyuz TMA-17 launch can be found here:

www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/sets/72157622898695001

Thanks. One very nice very high-res image of the launch (2187px × 2692px) from them:

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Completely forgot to link on "TJ" Creamer's twitter channel! :(
http://twitter.com/astro_tj

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FLIGHT DAY 2 OVERVIEW

Orbit 13
Post sleep activity, report on HM/DM Pressures
Form 14 revisions voiced up

  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 14
Configuration of RHC-2/THC-2 work station in the HM

  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 15
THC-2 (HM) manual control test

  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 16
Lunch

  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 17 (1)
Terminate +Y solar rotation, reactivate MCS and establish LVLH
attitude reference (auto maneuver sequence)
RHC-2 (HM) Test

  • Burn data uplink (TIG, attitude, delta V)
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Auto maneuver to burn attitude (TIG - 8 min) while LOS
Rendezvous burn while LOS
Manual maneuver to +Y to Sun and initiate a 2 deg/sec yaw
rotation. MCS is deactivated after rate is established.


Orbit 18 (2)
Post burn and manual maneuver to +Y Sun report when AOS

  • HM/DM pressures read down
  • Post burn Form 23, Form 14 and Form 2 (Globe correction) voiced up
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 19 (3)
CO2 scrubber cartridge change out
Free time

  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 20 (4)
Free time

  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 21 (5)
Last pass on Russian tracking range for Flight Day 2
Free time

  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 22 (6) - 27(11)
Crew sleep, off of Russian tracking range

  • Emergency VHF2 comm available through NASA VHF Network


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FLIGHT DAY 3 OVERVIEW

Orbit 28 (12)
Post sleep activity
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 29 (13)
Free time, report on HM/DM pressures

  • Read up of predicted post burn Form 23 and Form 14
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

Orbit 30 (14)
Free time, read up of Form 2 “Globe Correction,” lunch

  • Uplink of auto rendezvous command timeline
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radar and radio transponder tracking

FLIGHT DAY 3 AUTO RENDEZVOUS SEQUENCE

Orbit 31 (15)
Don Sokol spacesuits, ingress DM, close DM/HM hatch

  • Active and passive vehicle state vector uplinks
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radio transponder tracking

Orbit 32 (16)
Terminate +Y solar rotation, reactivate MCS and establish LVLH
attitude reference (auto maneuver sequence)
Begin auto rendezvous sequence

  • Crew monitoring of LVLH reference build and auto rendezvous timeline execution
  • A/G, R/T and Recorded TLM and Display TV downlink
  • Radio transponder tracking

FLIGHT DAY 3 FINAL APPROACH AND DOCKING

Orbit 33 (1)
Auto Rendezvous sequence continues, flyaround and station
keeping

  • Crew monitor
  • Comm relays via SM through Altair established
  • Form 23 and Form 14 updates
  • Fly around and station keeping initiated near end of orbit
  • A/G (gnd stations and Altair), R/T TLM (gnd stations), Display TV downlink (gnd stations and Altair)
  • Radio transponder tracking

Orbit 34 (2)
Final Approach and docking

  • Capture to “docking sequence complete” 20 minutes, typically
  • Monitor docking interface pressure seal
  • Transfer to HM, doff Sokol suits
  • A/G (gnd stations and Altair), R/T TLM (gnd stations), Display TV downlink (gnd stations and Altair)
  • Radio transponder tracking

FLIGHT DAY 3 STATION INGRESS

Orbit 35 (3)
Station/Soyuz pressure equalization

  • Report all pressures
  • Open transfer hatch, ingress station
  • A/G, R/T and playback telemetry
  • Radio transponder tracking

The ground track simulation screenshot as of 19:38 UTC
2009-12-22_223908.jpg


The expected docking time is:
7 : 54 a.m. ± 3 min Japanese Time 23.12.2009
01 : 54 ± 3 min Moscow Local Time 23.12.2009
22 : 54 ± 3 min UTC December 22, 2009
5 : 54 p.m. ± 3 min EST December 22, 2009

[eventTimer]2009-12-22 22:54:00?before|after;%dd% Days %hh% Hours %mm% Minutes %ss% Seconds %c%[/eventTimer] Soyuz TMA-17 Docking

Watching the docking live

NASA TV - Windows Media
http://www.nasa.gov/55644main_NASATV_Windows.asx
NASA TV - Real Player
http://www.nasa.gov/ram/35037main_portal.ram
NASA TV - QuickTime
http://www.nasa.gov/qtl/151335main_NASA_TV_QT.qtl

Spaceflight Now
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/station/exp22/status2.html

TSUP M's (Moscow MCC's) stream - Windows Media (Russian)
mms://193.233.61.171/live

Vesti - High Quality (Russian, since 1:30 Moscow)
http://www.vesti.ru/video1.asx?vid=onair
Vesti - Low Quality (Russian, since 1:30 Moscow)
http://www.vesti.ru/video1.asx?vid=onair_low

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Referential table for time, distance and relative velocity during approach (according to the approach chart):

No code has to be inserted here.

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Fly-around is under way.
 
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