Science & Exploration

Longer flight to the International Space Station for Andreas Mogensen

27/08/2015 5639 views 62 likes
ESA / Science & Exploration / Human and Robotic Exploration / iriss

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen will leave for the International Space Station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on 2 September with commander Sergei Volkov and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov. Their flight in the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft will take two days, arriving at the Space Station on Friday morning.

From 2013 onwards Soyuz spacecraft typically reached the International Space Station in around six hours. The longer flight for Andreas is due to the Space Station’s higher than usual orbit. The weightless research laboratory’s orbit was recently raised in a standard space-debris avoidance manoeuvre.

Soyuz TMA-15M approaches Station
Soyuz TMA-15M approaches Station

When a Soyuz spacecraft is launched into space it catches up with the International Space Station that is orbiting Earth at 28 800 km/h. It has to reach the same speed as well as the same altitude.

Because of the Station’s higher altitude, reaching the weightless research facility in six hours is now more difficult and Roscosmos decided to allow the Soyuz TMA-18M more time to rendezvous and dock.

Andreas, Sergei Volkov and Aidyn Aimbetov will be in radio contact with ground control during the two-days they spend in their Soyuz catching up with the Space Station.

For Andreas Mogensen and ‘iriss’ mission control the shorter time spent on the International Space Station will mean a significant replanning of his time and experiments.

Some experiments will undoubtedly have to be left for other astronauts to complete at a later date. Mission control will be working through the weekend to fit the pieces in to the new scheduling puzzle.

Follow the iriss blog for updates: blogs.esa.int/iriss

Exams at Star City
Exams at Star City

Related Articles

Science & Exploration

Astronaut brains as beacons for researchers

08/10/2015 5657 views 58 likes
Read
ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen back on Earth
Science & Exploration

Andreas Mogensen lands after a busy mission on Space Station

12/09/2015 8930 views 55 likes
Read
Science & Exploration

Supervising two rovers from space

11/09/2015 5015 views 58 likes
Read
Andreas controlling rover
Enabling & Support

Slam dunk for Andreas in space controlling rover on ground

08/09/2015 7424 views 82 likes
Read
Science & Exploration

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen begins busy International Sp…

04/09/2015 7253 views 41 likes
Read
Science & Exploration

ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen launched to Space Station

02/09/2015 14546 views 63 likes
Read
Science & Exploration

Longer flight to the International Space Station for Andrea…

27/08/2015 5639 views 62 likes
Read
Andreas Mogensen
Science & Exploration

ESA’s next astronaut to go into space arrives at launch site

19/08/2015 5441 views 39 likes
Read
Andreas Mogensen
Science & Exploration

Andreas Mogensen launch moved by a day

24/07/2015 6900 views 48 likes
Read
Andreas during a simulation inside the full-scale mockup of the Soyuz capsule
Science & Exploration

100 days to Andreas Mogensen’s mission

22/05/2015 5426 views 38 likes
Read
iriss logo
Science & Exploration

Space viking: Andreas Mogensen unveils mission logos

10/10/2014 5713 views 46 likes
Read
Underwater base
Science & Exploration

Underwater return for Andreas and Thomas

10/06/2014 3929 views 41 likes
Read
Andreas using a flare for survival training
Science & Exploration

Andreas Mogensen’s mission name links cosmos and Earth

28/04/2014 4416 views 39 likes
Read
Andreas Mogensen
Science & Exploration

Andreas Mogensen set for Soyuz mission to Space Station in …

28/08/2013 11110 views 37 likes
Read

Related Links