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A spacecraft with a native of Primorye docked to the ISS
Today, after a 6-hour flight, the Soyuz TMA-14M manned spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station. Interfax learned about this from a representative of Roskosmos.
"Docking was performed at 06:11 Moscow time in automatic mode," he said.
On board the Russian-American crew is the first for 17 years and the fourth in the history of Russia, a woman cosmonaut, Elena Serova, a native of Primorsky Krai.
Docking of the Soyuz to the ISS was performed automatically at 06:11 Moscow time. One of the solar panels did not open, but this did not prevent a successful operation.
The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft was launched today from the Baikonur cosmodrome using the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle. In addition to Elena Serova (Roscosmos), the spacecraft commander Alexander Samokutyaev (Roscosmos) and Barry Wilmore (NASA) went on the flight. On the ISS, the crew will join Maxim Suraev (Roscosmos), Reed Weizman (NASA) and Alexander Gerst (European Space Agency).
During their work in orbit, the Russian cosmonauts plan to perform about 50 scientific experiments. The duration of the ISS expedition is 170 days.
Elena Serova was born in 1976 in the village of Vozdvizhenka, Primorsky Territory. In 2001, she graduated from the Aerospace Faculty of the Moscow Aviation Institute, and in 2003 from the Moscow Academy of Instrumentation and Information. In 2006 she was enrolled in the RKK cosmonaut corps, and since 2011 - a test cosmonaut of the Roscosmos cosmonaut corps.
Technical characteristics of "Unions"
The Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, developed and manufactured by the Progress Rocket and Space Center (RSC), is a three-stage, liquid-propellant, liquid oxygen and kerosene are used as propellants. The launch weight is 310 tons, the length is about 50 meters. Since 2001, 46 launches of carriers of this type have been performed. The mass of the payload launched into low orbit with an inclination of 51,6 degrees is 7,1 tons.
Soyuz TMA-14M manned transport spacecraft developed and manufactured by Energia Rocket and Space Corporation. Ships of the Soyuz TMA-M series were created on the basis of the Soyuz TMA due to the modernization of the traffic control and navigation system and the onboard measurement system. The first launch of the ship of the new series took place on October 8, 2010. The modernization also made it possible to make less stringent a number of restrictions on the height and weight of astronauts - cosmonauts with a height of up to 190 cm and a mass of up to 95 kg can fly on board the Soyuz TMA-M series spacecraft.