Soyuz MS-02
Soyuz MS-02 during preflight checks
Mission typeISS crew transport
COSPAR ID2016-063A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.41820
Mission duration173 days 3 hours 16 minutes 21 seconds [1]
Distance travelled118 million kilometers
Orbits completed2,768 [1]
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz MS
Spacecraft typeSoyuz MS 11F732A48
ManufacturerRKK Energia
Launch mass7080 kg
Crew size3
MembersSergey Ryzhikov
Andrei Borisenko
Shane Kimbrough
Start of mission
Launch date19 October 2016, 08:05:00 UTC
Launch siteBaikonur, Site 31
ContractorProgress Rocket Space Centre
End of mission
Landing date10 April 2017, 11:20 UTC
Landing siteSteppes of the Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Docking with ISS
Docking portPoisk zenith
Docking date21 October 2016, 09:52 UTC
Undocking date10 April 2017, 07:57 UTC
Time docked171 days

(l-r) Kimbrough, Ryzhikov and Borisenko
Soyuz programme
(Crewed missions)

Soyuz MS-02 was a 2016 Soyuz spaceflight that was planned for a 23 September 2016 launch, but because of technical difficulties it launched on 19 October 2016.[2][3] It transported three members of the Expedition 49 crew to orbit and docked with the International Space Station. Soyuz MS-02 was the 131st flight of a Soyuz spacecraft. The crew consisted of a Russian commander and flight engineer, as well as an American flight engineer.[4][5] Soyuz MS-02 docked with Poisk (MRM-2) module on 21 October 2016.[6]

Soyuz MS-02 returned to Earth on 10 April 2017.[7] During its descent, the capsule was partially depressurized when the main parachute deployed. The landing occurred at 11:20 UTC. The total flight duration was 173 days.

Partial depressurization

During the final stage of its descent, Soyuz MS-02 suffered a partial depressurization[8] about eight kilometers above the ground. When the main parachute was deployed, a buckle that was part of the deployment system struck a welding seam, partially depressurizing the capsule. The depressurization did not put the crew in danger as they were at a relatively safe height within the atmosphere when it occurred. Russian officials believe that the way the parachute was packed caused the buckle to strike the capsule.


Position[9] Crew Member
Commander Russia Sergey Ryzhikov, Roscosmos
Expedition 49
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Andrei Borisenko, Roscosmos
Expedition 49
Second and last spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Shane Kimbrough, NASA
Expedition 49
Second spaceflight

Backup crew

Position[10] Crew Member
Commander Russia Alexander Misurkin, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Nikolai Tikhonov, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 2 United States Mark T. Vande Hei, NASA


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  3. ^ Ben Evans. "50th Long-Duration Crew Launches to Space Station". AmericaSpace. Retrieved 19 March 2023.
  4. ^ Sarah Lewin (19 October 2016). "Liftoff! Soyuz Rocket Launches US-Russian Space Station Crew Into Orbit". Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft docks with Expedition 49/50 crew". 21 October 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Soyuz MS-02 spacecraft docks with Expedition 49/50 crew". 21 October 2016.
  7. ^ Garcia, Mark (12 February 2015). "Expedition 50". NASA. Retrieved 16 March 2017. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  8. ^ "Soyuz capsule suffered partial depressurization during April landing". SpaceNews. 17 October 2017. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  9. ^ Планируемые полёты (in Russian). Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  10. ^ (2015). "Планируемые полёты" (in Russian).