Feeds

ISS relief crew blast off on Soyuz spacecraft

Last Soyuz mission before Shuttle's comeback

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

The next inhabitants of the International Space Station blasted off from Baikonur in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket, just after one o'clock this morning (BST).

A bit of training for Sergei K. Krikalev, Expedition 11 commander. Image: NASA

The Soyuz capsule reached orbit about nine minutes after lift-off, NASA reports. Russian space controllers said that the craft's solar arrays had deployed properly, and that everything appeared normal. The capsule is scheduled to dock with the ISS early on Sunday morning (BST).

Three astronauts are on board: a Russian, Sergei Krikalev; an American, John Phillips; and an Italian, Roberto Vittori. Two will relieve the ISS's current crew and take up residence on the space station for the next six months.

All five men will be on board for just over a week, before Vittori returns to Earth with the current residents, Leroy Chiao and Salizhan Sharipov. Their pod is scheduled to land in Kazakhstan at 23:09, BST on 24 April.

The Soyuz space craft took over responsibility for servicing the ISS after the Columbia disaster in 2003. NASA hopes to resume Shuttle flights to and from the space station with Discovery, scheduled to launch from the Kennedy Space Centre in a window between 15 May and 3 June. ®

Related stories

Cracked insulation delays shuttle roll-out
Space-walkers launch 'Nanosatellite'
ISS resupply runs on rails

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION
Robot minishuttle X-37B returns after almost 2 years in orbit
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
LOHAN crash lands on CNN
Overflies Die Welt en route to lively US news vid
You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data
Hear that, 'data journalists'? Our analytics prof holds forth
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE
Fossil find proves it first happened 385 million years ago
America's super-secret X-37B plane returns to Earth after nearly TWO YEARS aloft
674 days in space for US Air Force's mystery orbital vehicle
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.