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
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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
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Crew Commander's Callsign: Pulsar
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.
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.
Soyuz TMA-17 Flight Engineer,
ISS-22 Flight Engineer
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
Anton N. Shkaplerov (Russia)
Douglas H. Wheelock (USA)
Satoshi Furukawa (Japan)
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.