Soyuz TMA-13M

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Soyuz TMA-13M
Soyuz TMA-13M above California-Nevada.jpg
Soyuz TMA-13M docked to the ISS, flying above California and Nevada.
Operator Roskosmos
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Soyuz 11F732A47 No.713
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F747
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Launch mass 305,000 Kilograms
Crew
Crew size 3
Members Maksim Surayev
Gregory R. Wiseman
Alexander Gerst
Callsign Cepheus
Start of mission
Launch date 28 May 2014
19:57:41 UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date 10 November 2014 (planned)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Docking with ISS
Docking port Rassvet nadir
Docking date 29 May 2014
01:44 UTC

Soyuz-TMA-13M-Mission-Patch.png Soyuz TMA-13M crew during an emergency scenario training session at JSC.jpg
(l-r) Gerst, Wiseman and Surayev


Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
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Soyuz TMA-13M is a 2014 flight to the International Space Station. It transported three members of the Expedition 40 crew to the International Space Station. TMA-13M is the 122nd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since 1967, and the 39th Soyuz mission to the ISS. The Soyuz will most likely remain docked to the space station for the Expedition 41 increment to serve as an emergency escape vehicle until its scheduled departure in November 2014.

Crew[edit]

Position[1] Crew Member
Commander Maksim Surayev, RSA
Expedition 40
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Gregory R. Wiseman, NASA
Expedition 40
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Alexander Gerst, ESA
Expedition 40
First spaceflight

Backup crew[edit]

Position[2] Crew Member
Commander Anton Shkaplerov, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Samantha Cristoforetti, ESA
Flight Engineer 2 Terry W. Virts, NASA

Mission highlights[edit]

Rollout[edit]

The Soyuz FG rocket carrying the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft was rolled to the launch pad at Site 1/5 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on 26 May 2014. Under sunny skies, the roll out began at 7 o'clock in the morning. The rollout was attended by the Soyuz backup crew members, Anton Shkaplerov, Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts. The Soyuz TMA-13M prime crew was not at the event, since it is considered to bring bad luck.[3] Once the 49.5 meter tall Soyuz FG rocket was erected in its vertical launch position, the launcher was enclosed by its service structure, to provide protection and access platforms for workers.

Launch, rendezvous and docking[edit]

Launch of Soyuz TMA-13M occurred successfully at 19:57 UTC on May 28, 2014, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Upon achieving orbit approximately nine minutes after launch, TMA-13M began a four-orbit rendezvous with the International Space Station.[4] Soyuz TMA-13M subsequently docked with the Rassvet module of the ISS at 1:44 UTC on May 29. Hatches were opened between the two spacecraft just over two hours later at 3:52 UTC.[5]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst to fly to Space Station in 2014". ESA. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  2. ^ astronaut.ru (2013). "Орбитальные полёты". 
  3. ^ "Soyuz FG rolled to Launch Pad for Liftoff with next ISS Crew on Wednesday". SPACEFLIGHT101.com. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Clark, Stephen. "Mission Status Center". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Arrival of Expedition 40 Trio Expands Station Crew to Six". NASA. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2014.