Sat, May 30, 2009
Soyuz Service Available Through 2013
NASA has signed a $306 million modification to the current
International Space Station contract with the Russian Federal Space
Agency for crew transportation and related services in 2012 and
The firm-fixed price modification covers comprehensive Soyuz
support, including all necessary training and preparation for
launch, crew rescue, and landing of a long-duration mission for six
individual station crew members.
Space station crew members will launch on four Soyuz vehicles:
two in spring 2012 and two in fall 2012. Their landings are
scheduled for fall 2012 and spring 2013, respectively. The contract
changes also provide for crew post-flight rehabilitation, medical
exams and services.
Under the revised contract, the Soyuz flights will carry limited
cargo to and from the station, and dispose of trash. The cargo
allowed per person is approximately 110 pounds launched to the
station, approximately 37 pounds returned to Earth, and trash
disposal of approximately 66 pounds.
Three new crew members arrived at the International Space
Station aboard a Soyuz vehicle at 0834 EDT Friday following a
Wednesday launch from Kazakhstan. Flight engineers Roman Romanenko,
Robert Thirsk and Frank De Winne spent two days in space aboard the
Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft before docking to the earth-facing port of
the Zarya module. It marks the first time all 5 of the ISS
partner agencies are represented onboard at the same time.
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