Soyuz TMA-18M

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Soyuz TMA-18M
Operator Roskosmos
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F747
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Members Sergey Volkov
Launching Andreas Mogensen
Sarah Brightman
Landing Mikhail Korniyenko
Scott Kelly
Start of mission
Launch date September 2015
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Docking with ISS

Soyuz-TMA-18M-Mission-Patch.png Soyuz TMA-18M crew members during training sessions.jpg
(l-r) Mogensen, Volkov and Brightman

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
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Soyuz TMA-18M is a Soyuz spaceflight planned for September 2015. It will provide the two twelve-months occupants at the International Space Station with a fresh Soyuz capsule. TMA-18M will be the 127th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft; the first occurred in 1967. The ascent flight will consist of a Russian commander and a Danish flight engineer accompanied by a British space tourist.

It will be the first launch of a spaceflight participant since Soyuz TMA-16 in September 2009. The descent crew will be the same Russian commander and the two twelve-months occupants in March 2016.

Crew and passenger[edit]

Position[1] Launching Crew Member Landing Crew Member
Commander Sergey Volkov, RSA
Expedition 45
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Andreas Mogensen[2], ESA
First spaceflight
Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA
Expedition 45
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2
Sarah Brightman, spaceflight participant
First spaceflight
Scott Kelly, NASA
Expedition 45
Fourth spaceflight

Backup crew[edit]

Position[3] Crew Member
Commander Oleg Skripochka, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Thomas Pesquet, ESA
Flight Engineer 2 Satoshi Takamatsu, spaceflight participant