Soyuz MS-02 – WERENBACH AG

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Soyuz MS-02

SOYUZ MS-02 was the name of a flight mission in which a Soyuz-series Russian spacecraft travelled to the International Space Station (ISS). It was the 48th visit of a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS and the 154th flight in the Soyuz programme.
Facts
Facts
Mission

Manned

On Board

Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrei Borisenko, Robert Shane Kimbrough

Rocket type

Soyuz FG

Launch location

Kazakhstan, Baikonur Cosmodrome 45°57′54″N 63°18′18″E

Launch date

19 October 2016

Launch time

08:05 UTC

Launch

Launch Facts
Launch Facts
Launch schedule

For technical reasons, the original launch date of 23rd September had to be postponed to 19th November. The reason for this was a short-circuit in the re-entry module.

Stages

Stage I
Stage I
Altitude

46 – 85 km

Flight duration

1.58 min

Speed

5'616 km/h

Stage II
Stage II
Altitude

~169 km

Flight duration

4.48 min

Speed

13'680 km/h

Stage III
Stage III
Altitude

207 km

Flight duration

8.49 min

Speed

26'964 km/h

Undocking & landing

The undocking took place on 10th April 2017 at 7:57 UTC and the landing on the same day at 11:21 UTC, around 147 km southeast of Jezkazgan in the Kazakh Steppe. As the parachute opened at a height of 10.8 km, a component designed to prevent the twisting of the cords struck the outside of the landing capsule and collided with a weld seam. This caused a 3.5-centimetre crack on the spacecraft.The vapor coming off of the Soyuz is from the leftover hydrogen peroxide fuel being purged from the capsule. Thanks to their space suits, the crew were not in any danger.

Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA and Flight Engineers Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos landed after 173 days in space where they served as members of the Expedition 49 and 50 crews onboard the International Space Station.

Russian cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov of Roscosmos is helped out of the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft just minutes after he landed in a remote area near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Monday, April 10 2017

NASA HQ

Russian support personnel work around the Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft shortly after it landed

NASA HQ

Recovery

When it came to the recovery of rocket parts in the Steppe, Patrick Hohmann was on location directly after impact. In his words: “It was astonishing. Parts of the rocket were still burning; it smelled of kerosene; we saw the expanse of the Steppe. The rocket booster in front of us had been launched in the Baikonur just a few minutes beforehand as part of the Soyuz MS-02.”

We were able to acquire a large amount of the rocket’s outer shell, and the material was used for parts of the first Leonov Collection. Since virtually none of the engine cladding or fairing could be supplied along with it, we also had to acquire additional material.

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Soyuz MS-02

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