Soyuz space capsule carrying American, Russian blasts off

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 20, 2017

During his time on the orbital complex, Kimbrough participated in several Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts.

The spacecraft is scheduled to dock to the International Space Station in six hours after the launch, while three previous flights were two days long as the Soyuz-MS spacecraft was undergoing tests.

The rocket reached orbit about nine minutes after launching.

They will be welcomed by Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Thomas Pesquet.

The other notable aspect of Thursday's launch is the size of the crew-two rather than three.

The Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft has an upgraded navigation system, new communications system and a modernized docking system.

Yurchikhin, 58, has racked up 537 days in space over the course of four missions to the ISS, more than any United States astronaut but some way short of the 879 days logged by record-holding compatriot Gennady Padalka. Whitson, who launched with Novitskiy and Pesquet in the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft last November 17, will remain in orbit when her crewmates return to Earth June 2.

US astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station. It also protects the option for a contingency spacewalk if problems crop up on the US segment of the station. The last time the United States did so was in 1981 with the launch of the first space shuttle mission and its crew of John Young and Robert Crippen. He is the 550th person in history to fly into Earth orbit.

He later attended Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and eventually helped put the F-22 Raptor through its paces. However, there wasn't time to accelerate the training of a crew member to add to this week's launch.

Altre relazioniGrafFiotech

Discuti questo articolo

Segui i nostri GIORNALE