TMA-08M will launch three crew members for the Expedition 35 crew on board the International Space Station: Roscosmos cosmonauts Pavel Vinogradov and Aleksandr Misurkin, and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy.
TMA-08M will be the 117th flight of a Soyuz spacecraft since its first flight in 1967.
Posts: 432 From: Monticello, KY USA Registered: Mar 2007
posted 03-13-2013 04:29 PM
Does the quicker rendezvous method use more fuel than the slower one?
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Posts: 26436 From: Houston, TX Registered: Nov 1999
posted 03-26-2013 08:25 AM
I believe the burn durations, and therefore fuel requirements, are the same, they just occur on a tighter schedule.
Speaking of the same, launch preparations continue as normal. Soyuz TMA-08M was rolled out to the launch pad today (as shown in the status thread) but this video, posted by NASA on Monday (March 25), shows some of the crew activities leading up to the roll out (including their visit to the Baikonur museum).
Posts: 124 From: Streamwood, IL USA Registered: Feb 2012
posted 03-26-2013 10:25 AM
Does anyone know if the Soyuz has the fuel margin to effect rendezvous with the ISS in a single orbit?
Gemini XI and several Apollo lunar module ascent stages were able to accomplish this, but their "target" vehicles were in much lower orbits than the ISS.