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<h3 style=”text-align: center;”><strong>ISS Expedition 47/48 to Launch, Will Welcome 3 Cargo Ships and BEAM
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Three Astronauts prepare to launch to the International Space Station on March 18 from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on the upgraded Soyuz rocket MS-01 (marking the 130th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft). After reaching 400-km altitude on a 6-hour journey, Jeff Williams, Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin will join Commander Tim Kopra, Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Peake. Expedition 47 is scheduled to perform USA EVAs 36 and 37 in April or May, and work with 3 cargo ships planning to launch before April: ULA launching Orbital ATK Cygnus OA-6 on Mar 22, Roscosmos launching Progress 63P on Mar 31, and SpaceX launching Dragon CRS 8 on Apr 4 – its Falcon 9 first stage will attempt a barge landing. Dragon will be carrying the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) which will be attached by Candarm2 to the ISS Harmony node for two years to test its integrity, leak rate, radiation dosage and temperature changes. They will also work with a technology demonstrator experiment for smaller exercise devices, ...