Soyuz TMA-02M with the ISS crew launched from the Baikonur

June 8th, 2011 at 00.12.45 Moscow time from one site ("Gagarin’s Start") Baikonur starting calculations enterprises Roscosmos successfully launched a space rocket "Soyuz-FG" with the manned spacecraft "Soyuz TMA-02M."

As reported in the Mission Control Center in 00.21 MSK, after a staff office third stage rocket, the spacecraft was launched into orbit with the following parameters:

— The period of treatment, 88.80 min,
— Inclination — 51.67 deg,
— Minimum height — 199.98 km
— Maximum height — 257.78 km.

In a flight to the International Space Station crew went with the call sign "Eridanus" as part of the commander of the PAC Hero Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Sergei Volkov and flight engineers, NASA astronaut Michael Fossum and JAXA’s Satoshi Furukawa.

Sergei Volkov, son of astronaut Hero of the Soviet Union Alexander Volkov, performs his second space flight. In 2008, having gone into orbit, Sergei became the first representative of the "space" of the dynasty.

In the current flight commander Volkov is the second ship of the upgraded new series "Soyuz TMA", which is undergoing flight tests.

According to Sergei in a preflight interview, for it is a big responsibility:

"Psychologically, I understand that the flight was the second, but the idea of it is that there are more accountable."

Speaking about his colleagues, said Sergei professionalism and preparedness of the crew:

"The three of us — professionals. Michael Fossum, despite the fact that he was sitting in the right seat, will assist the commander as he can. He has twice been in space, know how and what happened. With Satoshi together we train for a long time. This is his first flight. But he is trying very hard, very worried if permits any shortcomings … The main thing is that it works and does everything right … All in all, the crew is great, and I hope we can do it all. "

"Soyuz TMA-02M" should dock with the International Space Station on June 10 at 01.22 MSK.

The crew will join those already working at the station ISS-28 commander Andrey Borisenko (Roscosmos), flight engineer Alexander Samokutyaevu (Roscosmos) and Ronald Garan (NASA).

Press Service of the Russian Federal Space Agency

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