Russian space agency Roscosmos, astronauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov, and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei will send it to the space station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday.
The crew will dock at the station at 7:07 AM ET, and the channel between the Soyuz spacecraft and the station opens around 9:00 AM ET.
A quick voyage to the space station, which consists of two Earth orbit and takes approximately three hours, courtesy of the new Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft.
Their arrival will bring the total number of crew on the station to ten residents.
Astronauts aboard the space station prepare for the new crew by setting up additional sleep stations and adding a dock.
Russian astronauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, along with NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, recently moved the Soyuz MS-17 capsule from the port to make room for the latest crew launched from Baikonur.
Ryzhikov, Kud-Sverchkov and Rubins arrive at the space station in the Soyuz capsule after its release from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in October.
The team moved their spacecraft from the Rassvet module, whose port faces Earth, and moved to the space-facing Poisk docking port in March. Make the Rassvet module port independent for the new crew and the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft.
Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov. Will return to Earth in the Soyuz MS-17 spacecraft on April 17.
Members of the historic NASA-SpaceX Crew-1, which include NASA astronaut Victor Glover Jr., Mike Hopkins, Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who launched from the United States to the space station in November, will Returned after launching Crew-2 next month.
This second rotation using the NASA-SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will include NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet.
Crew-2, which can launch on April 22nd, will join Crew-1 aboard the space station before Crew-1 returns to Earth.
This is the second space flight for Vande Hei, the third for Novitskiy space flight, and the first for Dubrov.
Vande Hei was selected as an astronaut in 2009 and had his first space flight experience aboard the space station from September 2017 to February 2018.During his 168 days aboard the station, Vande Hei performed four spacewalks, this time Vande. Hei and team will be conducting a number of trials, including a study on Alzheimer’s disease and a portable ultrasound device.
Vande Hei’s flight aboard the Soyuz spacecraft is part of a contract with the Axiom Space of Houston.NASA, on the other hand, will save a seat on future commercial spacecraft launches in 2023 for non-NASA space station crews.
While NASA is working with Boeing and SpaceX to ensure the safe transport of crew to and from the space station using the US launch, obtaining a seat on the Soyuz spacecraft means there will be at least one crew in the United States. On the space station
Their launch took place just three days before the 60th anniversary of astronaut Yuri Gagarin’s launch as the first human in space and the 40th anniversary of NASA’s first space shuttle launch.