The spacecraft “Soyuz” in the evening of November 17 was launched from Baikonur cosmodrome to the International space station with its new crew. He successfully went into orbit and took a course to the ISS.
The transport manned spacecraft of a new modification of “Soyuz MS-03″ separated from the third stage of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-FG”, the correspondent of Agency “Interfax” from Baikonur. “There is space”, – said the speaker on the speakerphone.
The crew of the ISS-50/51 – cosmonaut of the Roscosmos Oleg Novitsky,
ESA astronaut Thomas Sands and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. Previously, the launch vehicle was planned for 16 November, but was then postponed for a day to provide the best ballistic conditions.
The convergence of “Soyuz MS-03″ with the ISS will be carried out in a two-day
scheme. The docking of a manned ship with a research module Rassvet to the International space station is scheduled in automatic mode on 20 Nov at 01:01 Moscow time.