ROSCOSMOS. LAUNCH MANIFEST FOR Q1 2018

10.01.2018

ROSCOSMOS Committee has approved the January-March 2018 Launch Manifest for the spacecraft under the Federal Space Program (FSP), Federal Dedicated Missions (FDM), international cooperation and commercial projects.

It schedules two launches from Baikonur in Q1 2018 under the International Space Station Program:

11 February — Progress MS-08 cargo speceship;

15 March — Soyuz MS-08 manned spaceship.

Also two launches under the FSP and commercial projects are scheduled for the period: one from Vostochny and one from Guiana.

1 February (Vostochny spaceport) — Kanopus-V-3 and −4 satellites on Soyuz-2.1а LV;

1 March (Guiana Space Center) —O3b F4 satellite on Soyuz ST-B LV.

Interesting facts 1/3
On July 15, 1975 Soyuz-19 spaceship was lifted aboard Soyuz-U launch vehicle. It was the first international space flight with the docking of Apollo, a US spaceship. The famous Soyuz-Apollo docking was a historical event and a symbol of rapprochement between the two superpowers in the period of détente during the long-lasting Cold War.
Interesting facts 2/3
Soyuz spaceship was used for the first commercial space flight coordinated by Glavkosmos. In December 1990, a Japanese journalist Toyohiro Akiyama became a member of the crew delivered to MIR space station.
Interesting facts 3/3
Soyuz-2.1a became the first rocket launched from the new Russian space center Vostochny. The historical launch was conducted on April 28, 2016.