Soyuz MS-20 Spacecraft Check Inspection Conducted

Soyuz MS-20 crew members Yozo Hirano, Alexander Misurkin and Yusaku Maezawa. (Credit: Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (Roscosmos PR) — On Thursday, December 2, 2021, the 20th expedition to the ISS crews conducted a check inspection of the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft. After an introductory briefing, the cosmonauts and spaceflight participants familiarized themselves with the composition, placement of cargo and equipment in the descent vehicle and in the habitable compartment. At the end of the inspection, the crews returned no remarks and thanked all the specialists for their work.

According to the prelaunch tradition, the prime and backup crews also visited the Baikonur Cosmodrome museum, known for its unique collection of exhibits. Alexander Misurkin, and the spaceflight participants Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano signed the autographs and left notes and wishes in the visitors’ book.

Less than a week is left before the launch of the Soyuz MS-20 crewed vehicle, which will take the EP-20 crew to the International Space Station. The launch is scheduled for December 8, 2021; the mission duration will be 12 days.

The prime crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and spaceflight participants Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano; the backup crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and spaceflight participant Shun Ogiso.

Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Begins Training Sessions for Upcoming Spaceflight at Baikonur

Soyuz MS-20 crew members Yozo Hirano, Alexander Misurkin and Yusaku Maezawa. (Credit: Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, Kazakhstan (Roscosmos PR) — The beginning of the final stage of preparation for a flight into space is prelaunch training of crews at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.  Today is the first day of training sessions for cosmonauts and space flight participants of the 20th visiting crew to the ISS.

On the morning of November 20, 2021, the main and backup crews arrived at the assembly and test building of site No. 254 to undergo the first training in the Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft. Under the supervision of specialists from the State Corporation Roscosmos, they tried on the Sokol KV-2 flight suits, tested them for tightness and took their places in the ship. After that, we got acquainted with the locations of the cargoes in the utility compartment and the descent vehicle, performed work with the equipment that was to be operated on board the International Space Station.

Further exercises at Baikonur include training on manual docking of the Soyuz MS manned spacecraft to the Russian segment of the ISS, control of laying with scientific equipment for space experiments, ballistic operations testing and other preparatory procedures.

The launch is scheduled for December 8, 2021 from the Vostok launch complex of the Baikonur cosmodrome. The flight to the International Space Station will last 12 days under a contract with Space Adventures. The commander of the prime crew is Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, while Yusaku Maezawa, President of the Start Today corporation, and Yozo Hirano, Yusaku Maezawa’s personal assistant, were appointed to the prime crew. Their backup crew: Alexander Skvortsov and Shun Ogiso.

Japanese Billionaire Medically Cleared for Flight to Space Station

Spaceflight participant Yozo Hiro, Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin and spaceflight participant Yusaku Maezawa. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — The Chief Medical Commission meeting was held at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) to analyze medical examination data of the cosmonauts and the spaceflight participants of the 20th visiting expedition to the International Space Station.

The Commission consisted of the representatives of GCTC, Roscosmos, Federal Medico-Biological Agency, Institute of Medical and Biological Problems of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Ministry of Health and Russian Ministry of Defense.

By the decision of the commission Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, spaceflight Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano (EP-20 prime crew) and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov and Shun Ogiso (EP-20 backup crew) were deemed medically fit for spaceflight.

The Soyuz MS-20 spacecraft is scheduled to launch on December 8, 2021 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The flight is to last 12 days.

Meanwhile, the Next Billionaire to Go to Space Continues Training

The Japanese billionaire and his assistant are heading to the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz ship in December. Maezawa has also booked a trip around the moon aboard SpaceX’s Starship vehicle for himself a group of people he’s taking with him.

Japanese Billionaut Maezawa Begins Training in Russia for Flight to ISS

Yusaku Maezawa (Credit: Roscosmos)

STAR CITY, Russia, June 15, 2021 (Roscosmos PR) — At the Yu.A. Gagarin, on June 15, 2021, the participants of the visiting expedition’s space flight were presented to the management and staff of the Center.

By the decision of the interdepartmental commission for the selection of cosmonauts for the VC-20 crews as space flight participants, the main crew were appointed:

  • Yusaku Maezawa, president of Start Today Corporation, businessman.
  • Yozo Hirano, producer, personal assistant to Maezawa Yusaku.
  • Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin became the commander of the prime crew.
  • Back-up crew commander – Alexander Skvortsov.
  • Shun Ogiso, Public Relations Manager of Start Today Corporation, will also take part in the training.
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