Today, April 9, 2021, another crew left for the ISS. The Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome. This is reported by Roskosmos.
The launch vehicle took place at 10:42 Moscow time. time. from the 31st site of the Baikonur cosmodrome. The rocket was launched normally. After the estimated time, at 10:51, the manned spacecraft separated from the third stage of the rocket, entered orbit and began to move towards the ISS.
The rapprochement with the station will follow a short two-turn scheme and will take approximately 3,5 hours. The spacecraft docking with the ISS is scheduled for 14:08 Moscow time. time. April 9th. The ship will be docked to the Dawn module.
The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, named Yu.A. Gagarin in honor of the first Soviet cosmonaut, will deliver to the station a new crew consisting of Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky (3rd flight), Pyotr Dubrov (1st flight ) and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai (2nd flight).
The new crew will spend quite a long time at the station. It is planned that Novitsky will return to Zelmya in 191 days, and Dubrov and Wande Hai - almost a year later. Such a schedule is associated with a large amount of planned work, as well as the upcoming filming on board the ISS of episodes of a new Russian feature film about space. For this, an actor or actress will be delivered to the station, currently undergoing selection at Roscosmos.