Russia (bbabo.net), - The State Commission approved the proposal of RSC Energia named after S.P. Korolev (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation) approved by the Council of Chief Designers to launch the Soyuz MS-21 manned spacecraft with a crew on March 18 Expedition 67 to the International Space Station.
The main crew includes cosmonauts Oleg Artemiev, Denis Matveev and Sergei Korsakov, while the backup crew includes Sergei Prokopiev, Dmitry Petelin and Anna Kikina. For the first time in the history of the ISS project, the Soyuz crew will include three Russian professional cosmonauts at once.
According to Roscosmos, the main and backup crews of ISS-67 have already started examination complex training. Based on their results, a decision will be made to continue preparations for the flight at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Members of the main crew graduated from Baumanka in different years. Therefore, the launch of Soyuz MS-21 has already been called "Bauman". For the crew commander Oleg Artemyev, this will be the third expedition to orbit, and the first for his flight engineers.
According to Vladimir Dubinin, Deputy Head of the CTC for Science and Development, the 67th Expedition to the ISS will continue ongoing research and experiments, and in addition to them, the cosmonauts will have to perform new tasks related, for example, to the implementation of the Protective Composite project and the launch of nanosatellites.
On March 14, a meeting of the State Commission on readiness for the removal of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-21 spacecraft to the launch complex of site No. 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome is to be held. March 17 - a meeting of the State Commission on the approval of the main and backup crews of the ISS-67, and on March 18 - on the readiness of the rocket for refueling and launch.
The State Commission also accepted the proposal of the technical management to complete on March 30, 2022 the flight of the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with the ISS-66 crew - Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hay.