RocketSTEM –2 December 2018
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – The first launch of a crew aboard a
Russian Soyuz capsule from the Baikonur Cosmodrome since October’s failed
launch and harrowing emergency abort less than two months ago is set for liftoff to the International Space
Station (ISS) early Monday morning Dec. 3.
The multinational trio of Anne McClain of
NASA, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg
Kononenko of Roscosmos
are slated to launch aboard the Soyuz MS-11
spacecraft Dec. 3 at 6:31 a.m. EST, 1131
GMT (5:31 p.m. Kazakhstan time).
The rocket rolled out to the launch pad No. 1 on Sat. Dec. 1 and is
Watch this Roscosmos video:
crew on Oct. 11 ended in failure two minutes after liftoff with the sudden triggering of
an emergency abort separation of the Soyuz MS-10 capsule from the Soyuz FG
carrier rocket due to a deformed sensor on the core stage.
Both crewmates comprising Russian
commander Alexey Ovchinin and NASA flight engineer Nick Hague survived without injury and excellent health
when the Soyuz soft landed safely by parachute. That was the first Soyuz crew launch failure since 1983.
Meanwhile the SpaceX Dragon cargo launch remains
on track for launch on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 1:38 p.m. EST. Space UpClose will be covering
the launch events at KSC.
Russia trio of 2 rookies and 1 veteran space flyer are scheduled to launch on Monday, Dec. 3 on
a rapid paced four orbit six-hour journey to the International Space Station for a lengthy six-and-a-half
They are scheduled to dock the Soyuz to the
station’s Poisk module at 12:35 p.m. to begin their mission on the orbital
laboratory as members of the Expedition 58 crew.
Kononenko will be making his fourth long term
trip to the station. McClain and Saint-Jacques will be their first flights
Live coverage of the launch and docking activities
will air on NASA Television and the agency’s website:
Here’s the NASA TV schedule (all times EST):
Monday, Dec. 3
5:30 a.m. – Soyuz MS-11
launch coverage (launch at 6:31 a.m.)
11:45 a.m. – Docking
coverage (docking scheduled for 12:35 p.m.)
1:45 p.m. – Hatch
opening (expected at about 2:35 p.m.) and welcome coverage
approved the list of the main crew of the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft:
cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos);
astronaut David Saint-Jacques (@csa_asc);
astronaut Anne McClain (@NASA).
Less than two hours after docking, hatches between
the Soyuz and the station will open, and the current crew, Expedition 57
Commander Alexander Gerst of
ESA (European Space Agency), NASA Flight Engineer Serena
Auñón-Chancellor and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Sergey Prokopyev, who
have been in orbit since June, will greet them.
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