Soyuz MS-21

Summary

Soyuz MS-21
Mission typeISS crew transport
OperatorRoscosmos
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeSoyuz MS
ManufacturerEnergia
Start of mission
Launch date18 March 2022 (planned)[1][2]
RocketSoyuz-2.1a
Launch siteBaikonur Site 31
End of mission
Landing dateTBD
Landing siteKazakh Steppe
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination51.66°
Docking with ISS
Docking portNauka nadir
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Soyuz MS-21 (No. 750, ISS mission 66S) is a Russian Soyuz spaceflight to the International Space Station with a crew of three planned for launch from Baikonur on 18 March 2022. The launch was previously planned for March 30, but in the provisional flight manifest prepared by Roskosmos by the end of Summer 2020, the launch of Soyuz MS-21 was advanced to March 18, 2022.[1]

Crew

As of Fall of 2020, the mission will mark the first flight of a US astronaut aboard Soyuz within the barter agreement between NASA and Roskosmos aimed to ensure presence of crew members from the two sides trained to operate the US and Russian segments of the station during long-duration expeditions. SpaceX Crew-3 may mark the first flight of a Russian cosmonaut on Crew Dragon under this barter agreement.[3] Roscosmos plans to name the official crew in early 2021.

Position Crew member
Commander Russia Oleg Artemyev, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Nikolay Chub, RSA
Flight Engineer 2 United States TBA, NASA

Backup crew

Position Crew member
Commander Russia Oleg Kononenko, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Anna Kikina, RSA
Flight Engineer 2 Russia TBA, RSA

References

  1. ^ a b Zak, Anatoly (1 December 2020). "Planned Russian space missions in 2022". RussianSpaceWeb. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  2. ^ Baylor, Michael (1 December 2020). "Status - Soyuz MS-21". NextSpaceflight. Retrieved 27 December 2020.
  3. ^ Foust, Jeff (14 December 2020). "NASA assigns astronauts for third SpaceX commercial crew mission". Space.com. Retrieved 29 December 2020.