Soyuz TMA-12M arrives at International Space Station after delay
Friday, March 28, 2014
International Space Station (ISS) at 2353 yesterday, after a technical setback prevented a planned rendezvous and docking on Tuesday., a spacecraft carrying a crew of three, arrived at the
The spacecraft, which launched from the Kazakhstan at 2117 UTC on Tuesday (3:17 AM, Wednesday local time), was originally scheduled to dock with the space station at 0304 UTC on Wednesday. It was not in the proper orientation to execute one of the engine burns required as part of the expedited rendezvous procedure used since last year, however, and docking with the ISS was delayed until yesterday. The mission reverted to the flight plan used on Soyuz flights to the ISS previously: a longer, two-day, 34-orbit rendezvous.in
The precise cause of the malfunction has not yet been publicly announced, but NASA said Wednesday, all systems aboard the Soyuz appeared to be functioning normally despite the setback which prevented a docking approximately six hours after launch. Also according to NASA, engineers understand the issue and have developed methods to prevent a recurrence on a future flight and the crew was never in any danger.
Soyuz TMA-12M successfully docked with the station 252(406 ) above at 2353 UTC yesterday, with hatch opening between the two spacecraft occurring at 0235 UTC today.
On board the Soyuz were two Russian cosmonauts: Commanderand Flight Engineer , as well as one NASA astronaut: Flight Engineer . TMA-12M is a return to space for both Skvortsov and Swanson, who are making the trip for the second and third times, respectively. Artemyev is visiting space for the first time.
Filling out the full six person contingent on the station, they join threecrew members aboard the ISS: Japanese astronaut and station commander , NASA astronaut and Russian cosmonaut . They launched aboard in November of last year and were the sole inhabitants of the station since the departure of on March 11.
Skvortsov, Artemyev and Swanson are to become the crew ofwhen TMA-11M is scheduled to depart in May with Wakata, Mastracchio and Tyurin aboard, at which time Swanson is to assume command of the station. The trio are slated to remain aboard the orbital outpost for approximately six months, until TMA-12M undocks in mid-September and returns to Earth.
- Mike Wall. "Astronaut, 2 Cosmonauts Arrive at Space Station After 2-Day Delay" — , March 27, 2014
- "New Soyuz Trio Completes Two Day Trip to Station" — , March 27, 2014
- William Harwood. "Soyuz TMA-12M docks with space station" — , March 27, 2014