|Mission type||Crewed mission to ISS|
|Mission duration||105 days, 3 hours and 5 minutes (in progress)|
~180 days (planned)
|Spacecraft||Soyuz MS no. 748 Yu.A. Gagarin|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||9 April 2021, 07:42:41 UTC|
|Launch site||Baikonur, Site 31|
|Contractor||Progress Rocket Space Centre|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||17 October 2021 (planned)|
|Landing site||Kazakh Steppe, Kazakhstan|
|Reference system||Geocentric orbit|
|Regime||Low Earth orbit|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking port||Rassvet nadir|
|Docking date||9 April 2021,|
|Undocking date||28 September 2021 (planned)|
|Time docked||104 days, 23 hours and 42 minutes (in progress)|
~169 days (planned)
|Docking with ISS (Relocation)|
|Docking port||Nauka nadir|
|Docking date||28 September 2021 (planned)|
|Undocking date||17 October 2021 (planned)|
|Time docked||~19 days (planned)|
Soyuz MS-18 mission patch
Mark Vande Hei, Oleg Novitskiy and Petr Dubrov
Soyuz MS-18 is a Soyuz spaceflight that was launched on 9 April 2021 at 07:42:41 UTC. It transported three members of the Expedition 64 crew to the International Space Station (ISS). Soyuz MS-18 is the 146th crewed flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consists of a Russian commander, a Russian flight engineer, and an American flight engineer of NASA. The spacecraft is scheduled to return to Earth on 13 October 2021 following 180 days in space. It is expected that the flight will serve as the landing vehicle for the Russian film director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild who will launch to the ISS aboard Soyuz MS-19 and spend approximately a week in space in order to film a movie, Vyzov (Russian: Вызов, lit. 'Challenge').
On 9 March 2021, Roscosmos announced that, at NASA's request, they would alter the existing flight plan to include Mark Vande Hei instead of Sergei Korsakov in the main crew and Anne McClain instead of Dmitriy Petelin in the backup one effectively extending NASA astronauts' flights on Soyuz spacecraft for at least another flight. This arrangement is an in-kind service for the supplemental crew transportation service between NASA and Roscosmos, without any financial exchange between the two agencies.
|Position||Launching Crew member||Landing Crew member|
|Commander|| Oleg Novitsky, Roscosmos|
|Flight Engineer/Spaceflight Participant 1|| Pyotr Dubrov, Roscosmos
| Klim Shipenko, Channel 1|
Film Challenge (Vyzov)
|Flight Engineer/Spaceflight Participant 2|| Mark T. Vande Hei, NASA
| Yulia Peresild, Channel 1|
Film Challenge (Vyzov)
|Commander||Anton Shkaplerov, Roscosmos|
|Flight Engineer 1||Oleg Artemyev, Roscosmos|
|Flight Engineer 2||Anne McClain, NASA|
The Soyuz MS-18 crew arrives on 9 April 2021, well ahead of the launch and docking of Nauka module launching on a Proton-M launch vehicle on 21 July 2021 that will carry a portion of the European Robotic Arm (ERA). A spacewalk is planned by Expedition 65 (Soyuz MS-18 crew members) to prepare the ISS Russian Segment for Nauka and ERA installation this summer.
The UM Prichal module will launch to the International Space Station on 24 November 2021 with Progress M-UM. The ISS flight manifest drafted by Roskosmos on 4 February 2021 set the launch of Prichal for November 2021, with the docking to Nauka's nadir port two days later. One port on Prichal is equipped with an active hybrid docking port, which enables docking with the Nauka/MLM module. The remaining five ports are passive hybrids, enabling docking of Soyuz and Progress vehicles, as well as heavier modules and future spacecraft with modified docking systems. A spacewalk is planned by the Soyuz MS-18 crew, after the arrival of the Prichal module at the space station. This spacewalk will focus on initial provisioning of the module.
The Prichal module will become the second addition to the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) in 2021.
Soyuz MS-18 Crew with Expedition 64 Crew.
A Soyuz-2-1a rocket to launch the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft (Vehicle No. 748, ISS mission 64S)...
Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky and Pyotr Dubrov, together with NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, are set to lift off to the International Space Station on Russia's Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, which has been named the "Yu.A. Gagarin"
International Flight No. 321; Soyuz MS-18; Kazbek