Three new residents for the International Space Station have arrived safely at the expansive orbital outpost, following a record-setting “fast rendezvous”. Soyuz TMA-09M Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Russia, together with Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA’s Karen Nyberg, docked successfully at the Earth-facing Rassvet module at 10:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday, some five hours and 39 minutes after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This slightly eclipsed the previous record of five hours and 45 minutes, set by Soyuz TMA-08M crewmen Pavel Vinogradov, Aleksandr Misurkin and Chris Cassidy, who journeyed to the ISS in late March. Less than two hours after docking – following standard pressure and other checks – the hatches were opened and Vinogradov’s team welcomed the new arrivals as the second half of Expedition 36. READ MORE »
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Today sees the express delivery of the next ISS Crew to the Space Station. Launching onboard a Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the Rapid Rendezvous Flight Profile trialled on the Proton cargo missions will be employed.
The launch is timed for 20:43 GMT (4:43pm EDT) which is 2:43am on the 29th at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The rocket was rolled out to Launch Pad 1 / Launcher 5 on the 26th March where it has been undergoing final preparations for todays flight.
This calls for a very precise launch window with the launch pad and the space station carefully lined up. After launch the Soyuz will chase down the ISS and rendezvous with the space station after only four orbits. Launch to docking will take less than six hours rather than the normal 2 days.