Image credit & copyright: NASA/Joel Kowsky.
Launch Alert! Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 02:21 EST (07:21 UTC & 13:21 Baikonur time) a Soyuz-FG rocket; MS-07 (ISS 53S or Soyuz 55) will lift off from Launch Pad 1/Launcher 5 (LC 1/5) at the legendary Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz spacecraft will carry three crew members of Expedition 54/55 on a two-day, 34 orbit trip to the International Space Station (ISS) vs. the usual six-hour, four-orbit “fast-track” launch to docking. This change isn’t spacecraft related as the original December 27 launch date would have allowed for the fast-track docking but the holidays moved the launch up 10 days to accommodate. This will be the 7th flight of the upgraded Soyuz which replaced the TMA series.
Soyuz MS-07 will dock to the nadir, (Earth facing) port of the Russian Mini Research Module-2 (MRM-2) Poisk “Search” module 34 orbits later 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/
CREW OF: Soyuz MS-07, Soyuz 55, ISS 53S or Expedition 54/55
NASA astronaut, Scott Tingle “Maker”:
NASA JSC bio: https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/tingle.pdf
Roscosmos bio: https://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss54/tingle.html
Roscosmos cosmonaut, Anton Shkaplerov:
Roscosmos bio: https://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss54/shkaplerov.html
JAXA astronaut, Norishige Kanai:
Roscosmos bio: https://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss54/kanai.html
THEY WILL JOIN:
NASA astronaut: Joe Acaba:
NASA JSC bio: https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/acaba-jm.pdf
Roscosmos bio: https://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss53/acaba.html
Roscosmos cosmonaut, Alexander Misurkin:
Roscosmos bio: https://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss53/misurkin.html
NASA JSC bio: https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/misurkin.html
NASA astronaut, Mark Vande Hei:
NASA JSC bio: https://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/vande-hei.pdf
Roscosmos bio: https://www.energia.ru/en/iss/iss53/vandehei.html
Russian Roscosmos Soyuz FG is a three-stage, 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. You will notice a lattice-like framework between the second (core) stage and the third stage. That’s because third stage ignition utilizes a “hot fire” ignition where it ignites just before second stage separation.
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 before being jettisoned and creating what’s known as the Korolev Cross. Attitude control is powered by two Vernier thrusters.
Launch coverage: Sunday, December 17 at 01:15 EST (06:15 UTC).
Docking coverage: Tuesday, December 19 at 03:00 EST (08:00UTC).
Hatch opening coverage: Tuesday, December 19 at 05:00 EST (10:00 UTC).
NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
NASA TV on Ustream: http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv
NASA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NASA/
NASA YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/NASA
NASA TV schedule: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/schedule.html
NASA Expedition 54/55 press release: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-television-coverage-set-for-space-station-crew-landing-launch
NASA ISS Expedition 54/55: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition54/index.html
RSC Energia MS-07 Images: https://www.energia.ru/english/index.html
NASA HQ Exp. 54/55 Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasahqphoto/albums/72157661591055317/with/27289535709/
HASA Johnson Exp. 54/55 Images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nasa2explore/albums/72157682170716755
Soyuz MS-07 Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_MS-07
NASA Blogs ISS: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/
Spaceflight Now Exp. 54 Page: https://spaceflightnow.com/2017/12/13/space-station-crew-returns-thursday-replacements-launch-sunday/
Spaceflight 101 Exp. 54 Page: https://spaceflight101.com/soyuz-ms-07/category/expedition-54/
General 2017 Launch List: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_in_spaceflight
General ISS Pages:
All NASA Social Media: https://www.nasa.gov/socialmedia
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/
NASA ISS Blog: http://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/
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
Main Site: http://en.roscosmos.ru/
S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation “RSC Energia”
Main Site: http://www.energia.ru/english/index.html
Progress Rocket Space Centre (TsSKB):
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC):
Soyuz Rocket & Soyuz Spacecraft & Progress Spacecraft:
Soyuz Rocket Family: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_(rocket_family)
Soyuz 2 Rocket: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz-2#Soyuz-2.1a
Soyuz 2 Rocket: http://spaceflight101.com/spacerockets/soyuz-2-1b/
Soyuz Spacecraft: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_(spacecraft)
Soyuz MS Spacecraft: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soyuz_MS
Soyuz Spacecraft Launch List: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Soyuz_missions
Progress Spacecraft: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progress_(spacecraft)
Progress Spacecraft Launch List: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Progress_missions