ROSCOSMOS - Soyuz TMA-19M Mission patch.
December 15, 2015
Image above: Three Expedition 46 crew members launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-19M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Image Credits: NASA TV/Orbiter.ch Aerospace/Roland Berga.
The Soyuz TMA-19M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 6:03 a.m. EST Tuesday (5:03 p.m. in Baikonur, 11:03 GMT). At the time of launch, the space station was flying 252 miles above northeast Kazakhstan. Tim Kopra of NASA, Tim Peake of ESA (European Space Agency), and Yuri Malenchenko of Roscosmos are now safely in orbit.
New Crew Launches to the Space Station
NASA Television coverage continues: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv.
Below is a schedule of the remainder of the trip today to the orbiting laboratory (EST):
6:48 a.m. DV-1 rendezvous burn (64 mph / 93 fps)
7:32 a.m. DV-2 burn (53 mph / 77 fps)
8:31 a.m. DV-3 burn (27 mph / 40 fps)
9:19 a.m. DV-4 burn (13 mph / 19 fps)
10:15:55 a.m. Automated Rendezvous & Docking (AR&D) start
10:24 a.m. AR&D Impulse 1 (19 mph / 28 fps)
10:25 a.m. US Motion Control Sys handover to Russian segment
10:30 a.m. Station maneuvers to docking attitude
10:44 a.m. AR&D Impulse 2 (.2 fps)
10:47 a.m. Range 124 miles – establish Soyuz VHF-2 voice link
10:48 a.m. Soyuz Kurs-A (Active) activation
10:50 a.m. Service Module (Zvezda) Kurs-P (Passive) activation
11:08 a.m. AR&D Impulse 3 (46 mph / 68 fps)
11:13 a.m. Range 49.7 miles – Valid Kurs-P range data
11:34 a.m. Range 9.3 miles (49,212 ft) – Kurs-A & -P short test
11:42 a.m. Range 4.9 miles (26,247 ft) – Soyuz TV activation
11:45 a.m. NASA TV: Docking coverage begins
11:45 a.m. SCAN & RapidScat inhibit–NLT (3.7 miles / 19,685 ft)
11:50 a.m. AR&D Impulse 4 (16 mph / 23 fps)
11:52 a.m. AR&D Ballistic Targeting Point
11:55 a.m. AR&D Impulse 5 (13 mph / 20 fps)
11:58 a.m. AR&D Impulse 6 (4.5 mph / 6.6 fps)
12:01 p.m. Fly-around mode start
12:07 p.m. Station keeping start
12:13 p.m. Final approach start
12:16 p.m. Station inertial snap-and-hold window open
12:18 p.m. Sunset
12:24 p.m. Docking to MRM1 –“Rassvet”
253 miles up & above Southwestern Russia Station to free drift
12:37 p.m. Soyuz and Rassvet hooks closed
Station maneuvers to LVLH attitude
12:53 p.m. Sunrise
1:30 p.m. Russian to US Motion Control System handover
2:00 p.m. NASA TV: Hatch/welcome coverage
2:25 p.m. Hatch opening & welcome ceremony
Includes VIP & family calls from Baikonur
4:00 p.m. NASA TV: Docking, hatches & welcome highlights
To learn more about the International Space Station, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station.
Image (mentioned), Video, Text, Credits: NASA/NASA TV/ROSCOSMOS/Mark Garcia.
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