Expedition 48-49 Soyuz Rocket Comes Together and Rolls to Its Launch Pad | Summary and Q&A

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July 4, 2016
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Expedition 48-49 Soyuz Rocket Comes Together and Rolls to Its Launch Pad

TL;DR

The upgraded Soyuz vehicle is about to make its first flight, with changes in communication, navigation, and docking systems.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What upgrades have been made to the Soyuz vehicle for its first flight?

The upgrades include changes to the communication, navigation, and docking systems of the Soyuz vehicle to ensure its readiness for the mission.

Q: What milestones can we expect in the next few months for the crew?

The crew can expect the arrival of science equipment, research activities, and the installation of a docking adapter for commercial crew vehicles.

Q: What role will the HTV cargo craft play in the upcoming missions?

The HTV cargo craft will bring new batteries for the power system, which is crucial for enabling future missions and advancements in 2020 and beyond.

Q: How prepared is Kate Ruben for the upcoming launch and what does she bring to the research activities?

Kate Ruben is highly prepared and brings hands-on research experience as a molecular biologist. Her expertise will be valuable in conducting various research experiments during her time on the International Space Station.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The Soyuz vehicle has undergone upgrades to its communication, navigation, and docking systems for its first flight.

  • The next few months for the crew will involve critical milestones, such as the arrival of science equipment, research activities, and the installation of a docking adapter.

  • The HTV cargo craft will bring new batteries for the power system, enabling further missions in the future.

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