Russian Space Agency Has Cleared Soyuz TMA-20 For Flight
Anatoly Perminov, chief of the Russian space agency
Roscosmos said Wednesday that the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft which
suffered some damage during transport during shipment to the launch
site in Kazakstan has been cleared for flight. Launch is set for
Soyuz TMA-01M Lifted Into Launch Position
Fox News reports that Perminov said in a news conference that
the spacecraft had been checked by the manufacturer, and no damage
to its systems had been found. He said, however, that some
components had been replaced, and that it was transported back to
the Baikonur cosmodrome.
Perminov attended a traditional tea party with the primary and
backup crews for ISS Expedition 27. The ceremony also was attended
by Vitaly Davyidov, Roscosmos State Secretary and Deputy Head,
Alexey Krasnov, Head of Roscosmos Human Spaceflight Directorate,
GCTC management, NASA, ESA, JAXA representatives, and members of
the news media.
ISS NASA Image
Perminov said that the Expedition 27 crew will have an ambitious
mission, receiving Russian, European,and Japanese cargo vehicles.
The are also scheduled to perform 5 EVAs. Space Shuttle Discovery
is also expected to visit the station while the crew is on
Soyuz TMA-01M In Transport
Soyuz TMA-20 crew commander Dmitry Kondratiev confirmed flight
readiness of his team. "We are ready to accomplish all the mission
objectives,” he said.
At the end of the ceremony, the crew received traditional gifts,
including Fortis watches. The prime crew presented their official
photo to Perminov, which he will keep in his office during the
mission. The crews are scheduled to leave for Baikonur to start
prelaunch training Dec. 3