On 13 September 2017 at 00:17:02 Moscow time, Soyuz-FG launcher with Soyuz MS-06 manned spaceship successfully lifted off from the Gagarin’s launch pad, Baikonur.
The Soyuz MS carried onboard the primary crew to complement the ISS-53/54 expedition: Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joseph Acaba.
The back-up crew members were Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, NASA astronaut Scott Tingle and Shannon Walker.
Glavkosmos is a NASA’s subcontractor to support their activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome during the launch campaigns.
Glavkosmos is a subsidiary of ROSCOSMOS State Space Corporation with the key objectives to promote goods and services of the Russian space industry in the world market and to manage complex international projects. For more than 30 years of its history, Glavkosmos has successfully performed over 120 international contracts.