The 100th orbital launch of 2018, Roscosmos’ Soyuz MS-11 is set to ferry three international crewmembers from the United States, Canada, and Russia up to the International Space Station during a 6-hour orbital rendezvous flight.
Launch is targeted for 06:31:54 EST (1131:54 UTC) on Monday, 3 December 2018 – which is 17:31:54 local time at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site in Kazakhstan. Docking to the ISS is set to follow at 12:36 EST (1736 UTC).
Soyuz MS-11 – Advancing launch by 17 days:
Less than two months after Soyuz MS-10 performed an in-flight abort to safely remove its two person crew from the top of their failing Soyuz-FG rocket, Roscosmos is set to resume crew flight transportation up to the Station.
The Soyuz MS-11 mission had originally been targeting a launch on 20 December 2018 to take three new crewmembers up to the ISS to join the two-person Soyuz MS-10 crew – bringing the Station’s total complement to five.
The targeted 20 December launch would have taken place roughly one week after three Station crewmembers landed in their Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft.
Mission patch for Soyuz MS-11. (Credit: Roscosmos)
However, those plans were thrown into confusion on 11 October 2018 when ...