Expedition 47/48 (TMA-20M & ISS 46S) Crew to Launch This Week

Expedition 46 Launch

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/Joel Kowsky of the launch of Expedition 46/47.

Friday, March 18, at 21:26 UTC (17:26 EDT) a Soyuz-FG rocket; TMA-20M (ISS 46S or Soyuz 48) will be lifting off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It will carry three crew members of Expedition 47/48 to the International Space Station (ISS) on a four orbit, 6 hour “fast-track” launch to docking.

The crew will dock with the Russian Mini Research module-2 (MRM-2) Poisk “Search” Module later that evening and that capsule will remain there for approximately 6 months as a crew escape vehicle should they need it and ultimately a return vehicle.

Want to see the ISS overhead? Here’s everything you need! https://danspace77.com/iss-tracking/

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Crew Image Credit & Copyright: Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.

CREW OF: TMA-20M, Soyuz 48, ISS 46S, Expedition 47/48:

Roscosmos cosmonaut: Aleksey Ovchinin:

NASA bio: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ovchinin.html

NASA astronaut: Jeff Williams:

NASA bio: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/williamsj.pdf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Astro_Jeff

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astro_jeffw/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASAAstronautJeffWilliams/

Roscosmos cosmonaut: Oleg Skripochka:

NASA bio: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/skripochka-oi.pdf

THEY WILL JOIN:

NASA astronaut and Expedition 47 Commander: Tim Kopra:

NASA bio: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/kopra-tl.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/astro_tim

Roscosmos cosmonaut: Yuri Malenchenko:

NASA bio: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/malenchenko.html

ESA astronaut (British): Tim Peake:

ESA bio: http://timpeake.esa.int/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/astro_timpeake

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ESATimPeake/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/astro_timpeake/

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/timpeake/

Principia Mission: https://principia.org.uk/

 Exp 47 Soyuz Rollout

Image Credit & Copyright: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani of the rollout of TMA-20M on March 16, 2016.

THE ROCKET: Russian Roscosmos Soyuz FG is a three-stage (sort of), medium lift rocket developed and manufactured by the Progress State Research and Production Rocket Space Center (TSsKB Progress). The FG was introduced in 2001 to deliver humans to the International Space Station (ISS). It’s derived from the Soyuz U rocket which is the most flown rocket in history with almost 800 launches and delivered Progress vehicles to the ISS until the recent addition of the Soyuz 2.   The Soyuz “Union” rocket family is the most used space launch system in history with more than 1700 launches and traces its roots back to 1957 in the form of the Soviet R7 missile.

THIRD STAGE (Assembly 1): The third stage, which would really be a second stage on other rockets is 6.7 m in length and 2.6 m in diameter and is powered by a single RD-0110 engine in a four thrust chamber configuration. It utilizes Kerosene fuel and Liquid Oxygen oxidizer and burns for about 230 seconds.

SECOND STAGE (Core Unit): The core stage of the Soyuz is odd in the fact that it burns during the first and second stage of the rocket. As the rocket lifts off, it and the boosters work together as the first stage then after the strap on boosters are jettisoned the core stage continues to operate as the then second stage.

The core (1st & 2nd stage) stage is 27.1 m in length and 2.95 m in diameter and is powered by a single RD-108A engine in a four cruise thrust chamber configuration. It utilizes Kerosene fuel, Liquid Oxygen oxidizer and burns for a total of about 280-290 seconds. Attitude control is powered by four Vernier thrusters.

FIRST STAGE/BOOSTERS (Lateral Assembly): The Soyuz is equipped with four strap-on boosters that are used during first stage flight. They are each 19.6 m in length and 2.68 m in diameter and are each powered by a single RD-107A engine four cruise thrust chamber configuration. They utilize Kerosene fuel and Liquid Oxygen oxidizer and burn for approximately 118 seconds. Attitude control is powered by two Vernier thrusters.

STREAM THE LAUNCH LIVE:

Launch coverage begins at 20:30 UTC (16:30 EDT) on March 18.

Docking coverage begins at 02:30 UTC on March 19 (22:30 EDT on the 18th).

Hatch Opening coverage begins at 04:30 UTC (00:30 EDT) on March 19.

Live Streaming Feed (NASA TV): http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

NASA TV on Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv

MISSION INFORMATION:

NASA ISS Expedition 47/48: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition47/index.html

NASA Expedition 47 Mission Summary: https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/np-2016-exp-47-summary_ad.pdf

NASA ISS expedition 47/48 press release: http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-television-to-air-launch-of-next-record-breaking-us-astronaut

GENERAL ISS PAGES:

NASA’s HDEV 24hr LIVE streaming feed from the ISS: https://danspace77.com/2014/05/07/nasahdev-deliver-live-streaming-view-of-earth-from-the-iss/

NASA ISS main mission page: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/

ISS Main Twitter: https://twitter.com/Space_Station

ISS Research Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISS_Research

ISS CASIS Twitter: https://twitter.com/ISSCASIS?lang=en

ISS Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ISS

ISS CASIS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ISSCASIS

ISS Instagram: http://instagram.com/iss

ISS CASIS Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iss_casis/

NASA ISS multimedia pages: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/multimedia/index.html

NASA ISS Photos (All the photos you will ever need from the ISS): http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/index.html

NASA “2 Explore” Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/

NASA “HQ Photostream” Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/

NASA “Goddard” Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gsfc/

NASA Spaceflight TMA-15M: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=31414.0

Roscosmos homepage: http://www.federalspace.ru/

Great ISS schedule page: http://spaceflight101.com/iss/iss-calendar/

All ISS Expeditions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_International_Space_Station_expeditions

All Russian manned missions: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Russian_manned_space_missions

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