Soyuz TMA-16M

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Soyuz TMA-16M
ISS-43 Soyuz TMA 16M approaches the ISS (a).jpg
Soyuz TMA-16M approaches the ISS, 28 March 2015.
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2015-016A
SATCAT № 40542
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F732A47 No.716
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Members Gennady Padalka
Launching Mikhail Korniyenko
Scott Kelly
Landing Andreas Mogensen
Aydyn Aimbetov
Callsign Altair[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 27 March 2015
19:42:57 UTC[2]
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date 11 September 2015 (planned)
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Docking with ISS
Docking port Poisk zenith
Docking date 28 March 2015
01:33 UTC
Undocking date 11 September 2015 (planned)

Soyuz-TMA-16M-Mission-Patch.png Soyuz TMA-16M crew during an emergency scenario training session at JSC.jpg
(l-r) Korniyenko, Padalka and Kelly

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TMA-15M Soyuz TMA-17M

Soyuz TMA-16M is a 2015 flight to the International Space Station.[3] It transported three members of the Expedition 43 crew to the Station. TMA-16M is the 125th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft, the first having launched in 1967. The Soyuz will most likely remain docked to the Station for the Expedition 44 increment to serve as an emergency escape vehicle until its scheduled departure in September 2015.

Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko will perform the first one-year stay at the Space Station,[3] returning in Soyuz TMA-18M.


Position[4] Launching Crew Member Landing Crew Member
Commander Gennady Padalka, RSA
Expedition 43
Fifth spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA
Expedition 43
Second spaceflight
Andreas Mogensen, ESA
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Scott Kelly, NASA
Expedition 43
Fourth spaceflight
Aidyn Aimbetov[6], KazCosmos
First spaceflight

Backup crew[edit]

Position[7] Crew Member
Commander Aleksey Ovchinin, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Sergey Volkov, RSA
Flight Engineer 2 Jeffrey Williams, NASA

Mission highlights[edit]

Launch, rendezvous and docking[edit]

Soyuz TMA-16M was launched successfully aboard a Soyuz-FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 19:42 UTC on Friday, 27 March 2015. The spacecraft reached low Earth orbit approximately nine minutes after lift-off. After executing rendezvous maneuvers, the Soyuz docked with the upward-facing port of the International Space Station's Poisk module approximately six hours after launch, at 01:33 UTC on 28 March. The docking occurred over Colombia.[8][9]

Soyuz TMA-16M is scheduled to remained docked to the ISS—serving as an emergency escape vehicle–until September 2015, when it is to depart and return Padalka, Andreas Mogensen and Aydyn Aimbetov to Earth.[6] This vehicle was previously scheduled to carry Sarah Brightman as a spaceflight participant, but Brightman's flight was announced to be cancelled on May 2015.[10]



  1. ^ Soyuz TMA-16M mission updates Spaceflight101, 28 march 2015
  2. ^ Clark, Stephen. "Live coverage: Crew ready to begin record-setting space mission". SpaceflightNow. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b NASA, Roscosmos Assign Veteran Crew to Yearlong Space Station Mission NASA, 2012-11-26.
  4. ^ Планируемые полёты (in Russian). Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  5. ^ Agencia Espacial Europea. "Andreas Mogensen’s mission name links cosmos and Earth". Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b TASS (22 June 2015). "Kazakhstani cosmonaut to fly to ISS in September in place of British singer Brightman". 
  7. ^ (2013). "Орбитальные полёты". 
  8. ^ "Soyuz TMA-16M kicks off historic one year expedition". Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  9. ^ "One Year Crew Arrives at Station". NASA. Retrieved 28 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Brightman steps down from station flight". Retrieved 28 May 2015.