Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos along with Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba of NASA are set for a fast track transit to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday, with launch set for 21:17 UTC. Their arrival onboard the Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft six hours later will return the orbital outpost to a full six member crew compliment.
Soyuz MS-06 Launch:
The launch of the latest trio comes shortly after three crew members were safely returned back to Earth.
With NASA’s record-breaking astronaut Dr. Peggy Whitson joining fellow NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and former Station Commander and Soyuz MS-04 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin for a safe touchdown on the Kazakh steppes, the Station has been down to just three crew members for almost two weeks.
Notably, the orbital ballet of Visiting Vehicles meant planning for both the departure of Soyuz MS-04 (50S) and arrival of this next Soyuz MS-06 (52S) spacecraft was already taking place via the use of a Russian Progress, MS-06 (67P), vehicle ahead of this rotation.
“ISS Reboost using 67P Thrusters: A reboost of 0.34 m/s was successfully completed using 67P Rendezvous & Docking (R&D) thrusters,” noted L2 ISS Status information. “This reboost set up the planned ...