Oleg Novitsky, Klim Shipenko and Yulia Peresild Recount Expedition to ISS

Actress Yulia Peresild, cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky and film director Klim Shipenko discuss their stays aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky, film director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild returned to Earth on October 17, 2021 on the “Yu.A. Gagarin” (Soyuz MS-18). Now they are undergoing post-flight rehabilitation at the Cosmonaut Training Center, where one of the sites for an online press conference was organized.

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Updates on the Russian Challenge Mission to the Space Station

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Roscosmos Mission Updates

Challenge Mission Day 8
October 13

October 13, 2021, the International Space Station Russian segment is a major day: preparations for the return to Earth of the ‘Challenge’ scientific educational project crew. Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy continues preparations and training together with spaceflight participants for the upcoming landing of the Soyuz MS-18 Yuri Gagarin spacecraft.

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Filming for Russian “Challenge” Movie Continues on Space Station

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MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Usually Saturday and Sunday for the crew of the International Space Station are days off. 

Astronauts can do their own business at their own discretion – read books, watch films, respond to messages from subscribers on social networks or “live” letters delivered on board the International Space Station using “space” mail, communicate with family and friends by calling the Earth, play sports outside of the compulsory physical activity. 

Meanwhile, the crew of the scientific and educational project “Challenge” consisting of actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko continues to work – it is already the fourth shooting day of the project in near-earth orbit. 

In the evening, October 8, 2021, Dmitry Rogozin, General Director of the State Corporation Roscosmos, held a video session with the crew of the Call project on board the International Space Station. Russian doctors note the good health of the space flight participants. 

As a reminder, Roskosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, as well as space flight participants – actress Peresild and director Shipenko – went to the ISS on the Soyuz MS-19 manned transport spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome on October 5, 2021. The spacecraft docked to the Dawn module of the International Space Station almost 3.5 hours after launch. The return of the crew to Earth is expected next Sunday.

Crews of the Soyuz MS-19 Mission Continue Training for Oct. 5 Flight to ISS

Actress Yulia Peresild, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and film director Klim Shipenko. (Credit: Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (Roscosmos PR) — At the Test Training Complex of the Yu.A. Gagarin of the Baikonur cosmodrome, training of the main and backup crews of the Soyuz MS-19 manned transport vehicle continues . Its launch to the International Space Station is scheduled for October 5, 2021.

Recall that the main crew of the ISS-66 expedition: Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, film director Klim Shipenko, actress Yulia Peresild. Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, cameraman Alexei Dudin, actress Alena Mordovina, respectively, became their stunt doubles.

On Friday, October 1, 2021, as part of the preparatory program with cosmonauts and space flight participants, classes on onboard documentation and ballistics of the upcoming flight on the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft were held, as well as practical exercises on working with photographic equipment. In addition, the crews studied the flight program of the 66th long-term expedition to the ISS.

The program also included a training session on interaction between the ship’s crew and the Search and Rescue Service. Traditionally, the main and backup crews were engaged in preparation for space flight factors and underwent daily medical examinations.

Russia, Kazakhstan Sign Agreement to Build Soyuz-5 Launch Complex at Baikonur

TASS reports that Russia and Kazakhstan have agreed to construct a new launch complex for the Soyuz-5 and Soyuz-6 rockets at the latter’s Baikonur Cosmodrome. Kazakhstan will be responsible for ground infrastructure while Russia will develop the new launch vehicles.

The construction will take place at the Baiterek launch facility that previously was to be modernized for launching Zenit boosters. Zenit is a rocket largely built in Ukraine but had elements supplied in Russia. Cooperation on the Zenit program ended after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region and invaded the country.

Being developed by JSC Progress, the Soyuz-5 booster is designed to replace the Zenit-2 and Proton-M booster and serve as the base for a super heavy-lift launcher that will match the capabilities of the retired Energia rocket. Soyuz-5 will be capable of lifting satellites weighting 18 metric tons or crewed spacecraft weighing 15.5 metric tons to low Earth orbit.

There isn’t much public information available on the Soyuz-6 rocket. The new booster will apparently be a shortened version of the Soyuz-5 booster.

Crew of Russian Commercial Mission to ISS Answers Questions in Preflight News Conference

Soyuz ISS-66 crew members: actress Yulia Peresild, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and film director Klim Shipenko. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — A pre-flight press conference of the main and backup crews of the ISS-66 Expedition took place at the Cosmonaut Training Center. Journalists, bloggers, social media users from all over the world sent many questions to them. The event was held online in cooperation with TASS, Roscosmos State Corporation, Channel One and the Yu.A. Gagarin.

Recall that the main crew of ISS-66: Hero of the Russian Federation, Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, film director Klim Shipenko, and actress Yulia Peresild. Their understudies are Hero of the Russian Federation, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Artemiev, cameraman Alexei Dudin, and actress Alena Mordovina.

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With Flight ST35 for OneWeb, Arianespace Sets New Mark by Putting More than 1,000 satellites in Orbit

Soyuz-2 launches 34 OneWeb satellites. (Credit: Arianespace)
  • Soyuz Flight ST35 placed 34 more satellites into orbit. Following this 10th launch for OneWeb, Arianespace has deployed 322 satellites for the global connectivity constellation.
  • Ninth successful launches and sixth Soyuz operated by Arianespace and Starsem since the start of the year.
  • With this launch, Arianespace will have deployed 1,021 satellite since its incorporation in 1980.

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (Arianespace PR) — Performed on Tuesday, September 14, at precisely 11:07 p.m. local time at Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome (06:07 p.m. UTC), Soyuz Flight ST35 lifted-off with 34 OneWeb satellites onboard, bringing, after the successful deployment, the size of the fleet in orbit to 322. Flight ST35 was the 60th Soyuz mission carried out by Arianespace and its Starsem affiliate, and the tenth mission to the benefit of OneWeb.

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Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin Invites Elon Musk to View Launch at Baikonur Cosmodrome

Roscosmos is launching actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko to film a movie named “Challenge” on the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft will be commanded by cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov. Rogozin has snagged a producer credit.

Soyuz Launches 34 OneWeb Satellites

Soyuz-2.1b launches 34 OneWeb satellites from Baikonur. (Credit: Roscosmos)

• OneWeb confirms successful launch and contact with all 34 satellites, bringing total in-orbit constellation to 288 satellites
• Remains on track to commence service this year and deliver global service in 2022
• OneWeb continues to gather momentum, recently announcing a series of global distribution partnerships with business fully funded


LONDON, 22 August 2021 (OneWeb PR) — 
OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, today confirmed the next successful launch of 34 satellites by Arianespace from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. 

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Soyuz Launch of OneWeb Satellites Postponed Again

Soyuz rocket with OneWeb satellites aboard. (Credit: Yuzhny/Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Roscosmos PR) — The launch of the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with 34 OneWeb spacecraft as part of mission 35 has been postponed to the second backup date – August 22, 2021 at 01:13 Moscow time.

The launch was postponed at the request of the customer for additional work on the ground control and monitoring system for spacecraft.

The launch vehicle, booster and spacecraft are in a stable and safe state. The launch complex is restored to its original state.

Soyuz Launch of OneWeb Satellites Delayed

Soyuz rocket with OneWeb satellites aboard. (Credit: Yuzhny/Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Arianespace PR) — The investigations on the ground equipment at the origin of the interruption of the automatic launch sequence being completed, and the anomaly having been identified and corrected, the new launch date for Soyuz Flight ST34 is August 21, 2021:

> 06:18 p.m., in Washington, D.C., on August 20,
> 10:18 p.m., Universal Time (UTC), on August 20,
> 00:18 a.m., in Paris,
> 01:18 a.m., in Moscow,
> 03:18 a.m., Baïkonur Cosmodrome

The Soyuz launch vehicle and the 34 spacecraft OneWeb are in stable and safe conditions.

Soyuz-2.1b Launch Vehicle with 34 OneWeb Satellites Installed on Launch Pad at Baikonur

Soyuz rocket with OneWeb satellites aboard. (Credit: Yuzhny/Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (Roscosmos PR) — The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle with the Fregat upper stage and 34 OneWeb communications satellites was rolled out from the Assembly and Test Facility on Monday. The launch vehicle was installed on the launch pad of the Baikonur Сosmodrome, the launch is scheduled for Thursday, August 19, at 22:23 UTC.

Pre-launch activities are carried out under the contracts of Glavkosmos (a subsidiary of Roscosmos) with the European launch services provider Arianespace (the company operates launches of OneWeb spacecraft with the use of the Soyuz launch vehicle), and the company Starsem. The joint team of the foreign customers and the representatives of Roscosmos enterprises: Progress Space Rocket Center, Lavochkin Association, TsENKI and Glavkosmos, is carrying out these works.

Currently, the specialists at the spaceport are performing the technical operations. The pre-launch tests of the Soyuz-2.1b systems are being conducted, and the interfaces between the on-board instruments and ground equipment are being checked.

Now, the fleet of the OneWeb satellites in the low Earth orbit amounts to 254 spacecraft, and hundreds more are to be launched. The upcoming launch should bring the number of OneWeb spacecraft in orbit to 288. OneWeb low Earth orbit satellites are designed to provide consumers on the ground with high-speed Internet.

Final Nauka Module Orbit Correction Conducted Before Docking with ISS

The Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module undergoes final processing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in preparation for its launch to the International Space Station on a Proton rocket. (Credits: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, specialists of the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module flight control group at the TsNIIMash Mission Control Center (part of Roscosmos) performed the final corrective maneuver of the module which had launched nominally from the Baikonur Cosmodrome a week ago.

The engines were fired at 13:43:07 UTC. According to telemetry information, the propulsion system of the module worked normally. No new orbit corrections are planned before the Nauka module docking with the Russian segment of the International Space Station, which is scheduled at 13:26 UTC on July 29, 2021. The live broadcast of the berthing and docking will begin on Roscosmos website and social media at 12:40 UTC.

Nauka is a multipurpose laboratory module for the Russian segment of the International Space Station. It was created by the cooperation of enterprises in order to implement the program of scientific experiments and expand the functionality of the Russian segment of the ISS. After its commissioning, the Russian segment will receive additional room for arranging workplaces and storing cargo, placing the water and oxygen regeneration equipment.

Progress MS-16 and Pirs Undocked from International Space Station

Progress MS-16 and the Pirs module after undocking from the International Space Station. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — In accordance with the flight program of the Russian segment of the International Space Station, today, on July 26, 2021, the Progress MS-16 transport cargo vehicle with the Pirs docking module undocked from the ISS.

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