Soyuz MS-02


Soyuz MS-02
Expedition 49 Preflight (NHQ201609150017).jpg
Soyuz MS-02 during preflight checks
COSPAR ID2016-063A
SATCAT no.41820
Mission duration173 days 3 hours 16 minutes 21 seconds[1]
Distance travelled118 million kilometers[1]
Orbits completed2,768[1]
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz-MS 11F747
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Crew size3
MembersSergey Ryzhikov
Andrei Borisenko
Robert Kimbrough
Start of mission
Launch date19 October 2016 08:05 UTC
Launch siteBaikonur 31/6
End of mission
Landing date10 April 2017 11:20 UTC
Landing siteKazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Docking with ISS
Docking portPoisk zenith
Docking date21 October 2016 09:52 UTC
Undocking date10 April 2017 07:57 UTC
Soyuz-MS-02-Mission-Patch.png Expedition 47 backup crew members in front of the Soyuz TMA spacecraft mock-up in Star City, Russia.jpg
(l-r) Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and Borisenko
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz MS-02 was a 2016 Soyuz spaceflight that was planned for a 23 September 2016 launch, but because of technical difficulties it launched on 19 October 2016.[2] It transported three members of the Expedition 49 crew to orbit and docked with the International Space Station. MS-02 was the 131st flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consisted of a Russian commander and flight engineer, as well as an American flight engineer.[3][4] MS-02 docked with (Poisk (MRM-2) module on Friday, October 21, 2016.[5]

MS-02 returned to Earth on Monday, April 10, 2017.[6] During its descent, the capsule was partially depressurized when the main parachute deployed. The landing occurred at 11:20 UTC. The total flight duration was 173 days.

Partial Depressurization

During the final stage of its descent, Soyuz MS-02 suffered a partial depressurization[7] about eight kilometers above the ground. When the main parachute was deployed, a buckle that was part of the deployment system struck a welding seam, partially depressurizing the capsule. The depressurization did not put the crew in danger as they were at a relatively safe height within the atmosphere when it occurred. Russian officials believe that the way the parachute was packed caused the buckle to strike the capsule.


Position[8] Crew Member
Commander Russia Sergey Ryzhikov , RSA
Expedition 49
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Andrei Borisenko, RSA
Expedition 49
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Robert S. Kimbrough, NASA
Expedition 49
Second spaceflight

Backup crew

Position[9] Crew Member
Commander Russia Alexander Misurkin, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Nikolai Tikhonov, RSA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Mark T. Vande Hei, NASA


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  2. ^ "Soyuz spacecraft with 3-man crew blasts off to Intl Space Station". RT News. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  3. ^ Sarah Lewin (19 October 2016). "Liftoff! Soyuz Rocket Launches US-Russian Space Station Crew Into Orbit". Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft docks with Expedition 49/50 crew |". Retrieved 2016-10-31.
  5. ^ "Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft docks with Expedition 49/50 crew -".
  6. ^ Garcia, Mark (2015-02-12). "Expedition 50". NASA. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
  7. ^ "Soyuz capsule suffered partial depressurization during April landing -". 2017-10-17. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  8. ^ Планируемые полёты (in Russian). Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  9. ^ (2015). "Планируемые полёты" (in Russian).