Soyuz MS-22
NamesISS 68S
Mission typeCrewed mission to ISS
OperatorRoscosmos
COSPAR ID2022-116A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.53879Edit this on Wikidata
Websiteen.roscosmos.ru
Mission duration11 days, 12 hours and 1 minute (188 days planned)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSoyuz MS No.751 Tsiolkovsky
Spacecraft typeSoyuz MS
ManufacturerRSC Energia
Crew
Crew size3
Members
CallsignAltai
Start of mission
Launch date21 September 2022, 13:54 UTC [1]
RocketSoyuz-2.1a
Launch siteBaikonur Cosmodrome, Site 31
ContractorProgress Rocket Space Centre
End of mission
Landing date28 March 2023 (planned)
Landing siteKazakh Steppe, Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Inclination51.66°
Docking with ISS
Docking portRassvet nadir
Docking date21 September 2022 17:06 UTC
Time docked11 days, 8 hours and 49 minutes
Expedition 68 Preflight (NHQ202209210001).jpg

(Top-Bottom) Petelin, Rubio and Prokopyev 

Soyuz MS-22 is a Russian Soyuz spaceflight to the International Space Station with a crew of three launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome on 21 September 2022. The launch was previously planned for 13 September 2022, but in the provisional flight manifest prepared by Roscosmos by the end of Summer 2020, the launch of Soyuz MS-22 was delayed to 21 September 2022, for a mission length of 188 days.[2] The mission was planned before the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, however, continued international collaboration around the ISS has been thrown into doubt by the ongoing event and related sanctions on Russia.[3]

Crew

The original three-Russian member crew was named in May 2021. American astronaut Francisco Rubio replaced Anna Kikina as a part of the Soyuz-Dragon crew swap system of keeping at least one NASA astronaut and one Roscosmos cosmonaut on each of the crew rotation missions. This ensures both countries have a presence on the station, and the ability to maintain their separate systems if either Soyuz or commercial crew vehicles are grounded for an extended period.[4]

Position Crew member
Commander Russia Sergey Prokopyev, Roscosmos
Expedition 67/68
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Dmitry Petelin, Roscosmos
Expedition 67/68
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Francisco Rubio, NASA
Expedition 67/68
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Position Crew member
Commander Russia Oleg Kononenko, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Nikolai Chub, Roscosmos
Flight Engineer 2 United States Loral O'Hara, NASA

Soyuz Capsule

The Soyuz capsule is named in honor of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (1857-1935), the Russian schoolmaster today revered alongside such luminaries as Robert Goddard and Hermann Oberth as one of the fathers of modern rocketry and astronautics. The 165th anniversary of Tsiolkovsky’s birth incidentally falls on 17 September, only a few days before Soyuz MS-22 launches.[5]

References

  1. ^ "Space exploration in 2022". russianspaceweb.com. Retrieved 1 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Кикина может побить рекорд пребывания россиянок в космосе" [Kikina can break the record for Russian women in space] (in Russian). RIA Novostidate=26 September 2021. 26 September 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  3. ^ Witze, Alexandra (11 March 2022). "Russia's invasion of Ukraine is redrawing the geopolitics of space". Nature. doi:10.1038/d41586-022-00727-x. PMID 35277688. S2CID 247407886. Retrieved 13 March 2022.
  4. ^ "Rogozin says Crew Dragon safe for Russian cosmonauts". SpaceNews. 26 October 2021. Retrieved 17 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Rubio Primed for Integrated Crew Ops, Cristoforetti, Prokopyev to Command Expedition 68a/b - AmericaSpace". www.americaspace.com. 23 August 2022. Retrieved 23 September 2022.