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Liembo
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posted 09-07-2015 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Liembo   Click Here to Email Liembo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What will the flight designations for the Soyuz MS flights be?
  • TMA-nnMS
  • TMA-nnSM
  • MS-nn

Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-07-2015 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first Soyuz MS, launching in March 2016 with Alexey Ovchinin, Oleg Skripochka and Jeff Williams, is Soyuz MS-01.

Soyuz MS-02 will then follow in September 2016, after Soyuz TMA-20M in May 2016, the last of the TMA-M spacecraft to fly.

For those not familiar, the new MS version of the Soyuz includes more power efficient solar panels, a new approach and docking system and an improved communications system that enables satellite relay, such that the Soyuz is no longer limited to line of sight of comm passes.

dcfowler1
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posted 09-07-2015 11:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dcfowler1   Click Here to Email dcfowler1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Russians only sometimes number the first vehicle in a series. Looking at the Novosti Kosmonavtiki forums, I am seeing the first flight with the Ovchinin crew referred to just as "Soyuz-MS."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-07-2015 02:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
The first Soyuz MS, launching in March 2016...
The first flight of the Soyuz MS has been delayed, TASS reports.

The previous Soyuz MS-01 crew (Ovchinin, Skripochka and Williams) will now launch on Soyuz TMA-20M in March 2016. Soyuz MS-01 will now launch in June 2016 with the prior TMA-20M crew (Ivanishin, Onishi, Rubins).

LM-12
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posted 01-28-2016 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The number "01" is on the mission patch.

dcfowler1
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posted 01-28-2016 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dcfowler1   Click Here to Email dcfowler1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Soyuz TMA-M crew patch also said "Soyuz TMA-01M."

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