Feeds

ISS relief crew blast off on Soyuz spacecraft

Last Soyuz mission before Shuttle's comeback

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

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

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Gigantic toothless 'DRAGONS' dominated Earth's early skies
Gummy pterosaurs outlived toothy competitors
Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run
Still in one piece, but we're going to need MORE POWER
TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P
Probe will be just 10km from Space Duck in October
Boffins ID freakish spine-smothered prehistoric critter: The CLAW gave it away
Bizarre-looking creature actually related to velvet worms
CRR-CRRRK, beep, beep: Mars space truck backs out of slippery sand trap
Curiosity finds new drilling target after course correction
'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race
ELMOFO rakes in two wins in sanctioned race
Astronomers scramble for obs on new comet
Amateur gets fifth confirmed discovery
What does a flashmob of 1,024 robots look like? Just like this
Sorry, Harvard, did you say kilobots or KILLER BOTS?
NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS
No sign of Ziggy Stardust and his band
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
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.