Anton Shkaplerov (Russia), Soyuz TMA-15M commander, ISS-42/43 flight engineer
Samantha Cristoforetti (Italy), Soyuz TMA-15M and ISS-42/43 flight engineer
Terry W. Virts (USA), Soyuz TMA-15M and ISS-42 flight engineer, ISS-43 commander
Oleg Kononenko (Russia), commander
Kimiya Yui (Japan), flight engineer
Kjell N. Lindgren (USA), flight engineer
The patch is based on the shape and features of the artificial horizon, the main element of the aircraft dashboard (all three crew members are pilots). The depicted position of the spacecraft corresponds to a roll angle of 15° (the Soyuz TMA serial number of this spacecraft) and a pitch angle of 51° (orbital inclination). The shadow in the form of an aircraft, combining elements of the MiG-29, F-16 and AMX, accompanies the flight of the spacecraft and indicates the inextricable link between aviation and astronautics.
23 November 2014 21:01:14 UTC
24 November 2014 02:48:21 UTC
Rassvet Research module MRM-1
Baikonur Site 31
11 June 2015 10:20 UTC
11 June 2015 13:44:02 UTC
Kazakhstan, 161 km southeast of Zhezkagan
PREPARATION AND LAUNCH
On October 30, 2014, comprehensive examination training for the prime and backup crews of the Soyuz TMA-15M manned spacecraft began in the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center. According to the planned repair work of the infrastructure of launch complex No. 1, a decision was made to launch from the launch complex of site No. 31.
In accordance with the pre-launch schedule, on November 23, specialists from the enterprises of the rocket and space industry began operations to refuel the integrated launch vehicle (ILV) tanks with oxidizer and fuel.
The flight of the Soyuz TMA-15M became the 300th manned flight in the history of cosmonautics
The Soyuz TMA-15M manned spacecraft successfully docked to the ISS in automatic mode on November 24 at 02:48:21 UTC. After a successful docking, the spacecraft crew boarded the ISS, where they were warmly welcomed by their colleagues: Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, as well as NASA astronaut Barry E. Wilmore.
During the ISS-43/44 expeditions, 688 sessions were implemented in 72 experiments. 54 experiments started in previous expeditions, 12 experiments were new. The new OASIS experiment was performed according to NASA protocol; five of the experiments were NASA medical experiments and were performed as part of a one-year flight involving a Russian cosmonaut.
2 cargo ships were received as a part of the mission
(6th SpaceX ISS supply ship)
(58th Russian ISS supply ship)
(59th Russian ISS supply ship)
One cargo ship was lost
During an abnormal separation from the launch vehicle, the ship was damaged, put into an off-design orbit, with uncontrolled rotation around its axis. The ship’s control was lost. After a number of unsuccessful attempts to regain control, it was decided not to try to dock the spacecraft to the ISS manually. The ship continued its gradual lowering of the orbit and on May 8, 2015 burned out in the dense layers of the atmosphere.
Cognition, Fine Motor Skills, Reaction Self-Test, Ocular Health and Sleep Monitoring
On June 9, 2015, at 15:32 UTC, during the scheduled testing of the rendezvous and docking radio system of the International Space Station and the Soyuz TMA-15M manned transport spacecraft, the spacecraft’s engines started abnormally (and worked for about 30 seconds), which led to a slight change in the position of the ISS. Necessary measures were taken to stabilize the ISS. There was no threat to the crew, the station, or the ship.
After a series of failures during the launches of Russian launch vehicles, it was decided to postpone the landing of the Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft for a month. Because of this, the duration of stay in orbit of the Soyuz TMA-15M crew increased from the planned 169 to 199 days.
Closing hatches between the ISS and Soyuz TMA-15M
Undocking from station
Turning on the brake engine
Separation of ship modules
At 13:44:02 UTC, the Soyuz TMA-15M descent vehicle landed safely in a given area of Kazakhstan, 161 kilometers southeast of the city of Zhezkazgan.
The flight extension allowed Samantha Cristoforetti to break the record for continuous stay in orbit for a female astronaut, previously set by NASA astronaut Sunita Lyn Williams (195 days).
The first flight of Anton Shkaplerov into space. Soyuz TMA-22
The third flight of Anton Shkaplerov into space. Soyuz MS-07