Alexander Skvortsov Recounts Recently Completed ISS Mission

Alexander Skvortsov at a post-flight news conference in February 2020. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov gave his post-flight conference on February 10, 2020 at Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC). After a 200-day long mission to the International Space Station, on February 6, 2020 he successfully returned to Earth.

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Soyuz MS-13 Re-docks with Space Station; Soyuz MS-14 to Try Again

Soyuz MS-13 re-docked to the International Space Station. (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On August, 26 the Soyuz MS-13 piloted spacecraft was successfully redocked from the Zvezda module to the Poisk module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station.   

Earlier the crew including Alexander Skvortsov, Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan transferred into the spacecraft and closed the transfer hatches. After checking the sealing and carrying out the necessary preparations the crew prepared for undocking.   

At 03:35 UTC the Soyuz MS-13 detached from the ISS. After making a fly-around of the ISS, at 03:59 UTC it docked to the Poisk module. All the operations were performed by Alexander Skvortsov using the manual control system.   

The freed up Zvezda module berth will be used to dock the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, which is scheduled for August, 27 at 03:12 UTC. The spacecraft test launch took place on August, 22 with its automatic docking to the ISS called off due to technical issues.

Cosmonauts Prepare to Move Soyuz on Space Station

Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — On August 22, 2019 the Soyuz MS-14 unpiloted ship test launch took place according to the International Space Station flight program. On August 24 due to the technical issues the automatic docking of the ship to the ISS was cancelled. To organize its docking, on August, 26 the Soyuz MS-13 piloted spacecraft will be redocked from the Zvezda service module to the Poisk Mini-Research Module 2 of the Russian segment of the ISS.   

The estimated time of the Soyuz MS-13 detachment from the Zvezda module is at 03:34 UTC, the docking to the Poisk module is at 03:59 UTC. The whole operation will last for about 25 minutes. The docking will be performed manually by the ship’s commander Alexander Skvortsov with onboard engineers Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan taking part. On August, 25 the ISS crew is training to redock the spacecraft and carrying out its depreservation.   

The redocking will be performed to free up the Zvezda service module docking unit, which will be used to dock the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft on August 27, 2019 at 03:12 UTC.

Soyuz MS-14 Docking Attempt Goes Awry; Second Attempt Set for Tuesday

Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft (Credit: Roscosmos)

MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — The Soyuz MS-14 is the first piloted spacecraft, which was launched using the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket. In order to certify the system and ensure the safety of cosmonauts the launch on August, 22 was unpiloted and was successful without any issues.  This provides an opportunity to use this space complex for the crewed missions.

However, during the docking of the ship a fault occurred in the ISS equipment responsible for the safe approach and airlocking. Therefore the Mission Control Center decided to withdraw the ship to a safe distance to ensure the safety of the crew.  The RSC Energia specialists offered the State Commission the following Soyuz MS-14 redocking variant: 

  • On August, 26 Alexander Skvortsov crew will manually redock the Soyuz MS-13 piloted ship from the Zvezda module to the Small Research Module-2, where the Soyuz MS-14 was meant to dock.
  • On August, 27 the second automatic docking attempt will take place, with the Soyuz MS-14 docking to the Zvezda module.

 Presently the Soyuz MS-14 is in normal spin in the Sun awaiting the redocking. Tomorrow Alexander Skvortsov will take an additional training according to the normal procedure using the onboard simulator to redock the Soyuz MS-13. The situation is complicated, however is under control.

Three Expedition 60 Crew Members Heading to Station on Apollo 50th

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 60 crew members Drew Morgan of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) pose for pictures July 5, 2019, in front of their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft during prelaunch preparations. (Credits: Roscosmos/Andrey Shelepin)

Update: The crew arrived safely at the space station six hours after launch.

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (NASA PR) — Fifty years to the day that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the Moon in a giant leap for humanity, NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan and two fellow crew members arrived Saturday for their mission aboard the International Space Station, where humans have lived and worked continuously for more than 18 years.

The Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft carrying Morgan, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) and Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos launched at 12:28 p.m. EDT July 20 (9:28 p.m. Kazakhstan time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and has safely reached orbit.  At the time of launch, the station was flying about 254 miles over southern Russia between Kazakhstan and Mongolia, 646 miles ahead of the Soyuz as it left the launch pad.

The crew has begun their six-hour trip to the orbital laboratory where they will live and work for their mission. Coverage of the Soyuz docking to the International Space Station will begin on NASA TV and the agency’s website at 6 p.m., with the spacecraft docking expected at 6:50 p.m.

Coverage of the hatch opening between the Soyuz and the space station will begin at 8 p.m.

For continued coverage and more information about the mission, visit: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/. Get space station news, images and features via social media on Instagram at: @iss, ISS on Facebook, and on Twitter @Space_Station and @ISS_Research.