A crew trio from the U.S. and Russia is set for blastoff from the storied Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday, October 19 beginning a two-day commute to the International Space Station with a thundering blastoff atop a Soyuz FG Rocket. Sergei Ryzhikov, Andrei Borisenko & Shane Kimbrough are set for a five-month stay on the orbiting laboratory.
Soyuz MS-02 employs the longer two-day rendezvous with ISS to complete testing of new and improved spacecraft systems.
|Launch Date: October 19, 2016||Mission Updates|
|Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG||Soyuz MS Spacecraft|
|Launch Site: 31/6 Baikonur||Soyuz FG Launch Vehicle|
|Launch Time: 08:05:14 UTC||Countdown Timeline|
|Ascent Duration: 8 Minutes & 45 Seconds||Soyuz MS-02 Flight Profile|
|Payload: Soyuz MS-02 (7,220kg)||Photo Galleries|
|Target Orbit: 200 x 242km, 51.66°||Video Galleries|
|Rednezvous & Docking: October 21, 2016||ISS Expedition 49|