Soyuz TMA-18M

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Soyuz TMA-18M
Operator Roskosmos
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F747 No.718
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Members Sergey Volkov
Launching Andreas Mogensen
Aydyn Aimbetov
Landing Mikhail Korniyenko
Scott Kelly
Start of mission
Launch date September 2, 2015
04:37:42 UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Docking with ISS
Docking port Poisk
Docking date September 4, 2015
07:42:00 UTC
Undocking date March 3, 2016

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(l-r) Aimbetov, Volkov and Mogensen

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TMA-17M Soyuz TMA-19M

Soyuz TMA-18M is a Soyuz spaceflight launched on 2 September 2015. It provided the two twelve-months occupants (Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko) at the International Space Station with a fresh Soyuz capsule. TMA-18M was the 127th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft; the first having occurred in 1967. The ascent flight consisted of a Russian commander and two flight engineers from Denmark (ESA) and Kazakhstan respectively.[1]

The Kazakh Aidyn Aimbetov is of the first Kazakh cosmonaut class, and the first to fly.[2] The ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen became the first Dane in space.[3]

The descent crew will be the same Russian commander and the two twelve-months occupants in March 2016. Two of the ascent crew members returned to Earth with Soyuz TMA-16M in September 2015.


Position[4] Launching Crew Member Landing Crew Member
Commander Russia Sergey Volkov, RSA
Expedition 45
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Denmark Andreas Mogensen[5], ESA
First spaceflight
Russia Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA
Expedition 46
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Kazakhstan Aidyn Aimbetov[1], KazCosmos
First spaceflight
United States Scott Kelly, NASA
Expedition 46
Fourth spaceflight

Backup crew[edit]

Position[7] Crew Member
Commander Russia Oleg Skripochka, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 France Thomas Pesquet, ESA
Flight Engineer 2 Russia Sergey Prokopyev[1], RSA

Space tourist in the third seat[edit]

Originally the third member should have been the British singer Sarah Brightman as a space tourist, but on May 13, 2015, she announced she had withdrawn from training.[8]

Japanese entrepreneur Satoshi Takamatsu trained as Sarah Brightman's backup, but he withdrew from the flight as the art projects he had planned to carry out would not be ready by the September launch date. He stated he would try for a later flight when his projects were ready to fly.[2]

Russian businessman Filaret Galchev was offered the seat, but he realized that he didn't have the time to prepare himself for the flight.[1]

Roscosmos chose the Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov as an alternative instead.[2]

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