samedi 11 décembre 2010

MCC-M: Ready to Control Soyuz TMA-20

ROSCOSMOS - Soyuz TMA-20 Mission patch.


Today, the meeting of the Mission Control Center operation and engineering management concluded about readiness of the ground control groups for upcoming Soyuz TMA-20 orbital operations. The conclusion was made as a result of the training (simulations) for the MCC personnel completed recently.

General view of the Soyuz-TMA Main Cosmonaut Console

The objective of the training session was to exercise and to consolidate the skills of the operation control groups regarding Soyuz TMA-20 orbiting, rendezvous and docking.

 Soyuz TMA-20 Crew posing in spacesuits

The scope of the simulation covered actions of the crew and ground controllers in nominal situations and contingencies. In addition, the simulations were to check readiness of the MCC hardware and software for the upcoming operations.

Soyuz TMA-20 launch is scheduled for Dec. 15, 22:09:25 Moscow time. The vehicle is due to dock to the ISS on Dec. 17, at 23:12 MSK (Moscow time).

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Images, Text, Credit: Roscosmos PAO / ESA.


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