The Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, launched the final human mission of 2017. Three new members for the International Space Station – Anton Shkaplerov, Scott Tingle, and Norishige Kanai – launched aboard the Soyuz MS-07 vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 02:21 EST (07:21 GMT) on Sunday, 17 December – ahead of completing a two-day orbital chase to the international outpost.
Soyuz MS-07 represented the 136th flight of a crewed Soyuz vehicle and the 62nd launch of the Soyuz-FG rocket since it entered service in 2001.
This particular mission utilized a Soyuz crew transportation module that was delivered to its assembly and testing building at Baikonur on 2 October of this year.
The primary crew – and their backups – arrived at Baikonur on 4 December and performed fit checks inside the Soyuz capsule the following day.
By 7 December, the integrated Soyuz capsule was fueled with its propellants and compressed gases before being integrated with its launch vehicle adaptor the next day. Encapsulation inside the payload fairing followed on 11 December.
On 13 December, the Soyuz capsule was transported by rail from its checkout and integration facility to the Spacecraft Assembly and Testing Facility ...