NASA astronaut describes Russia’s Soyuz-FG carrier rocket as a ‘technical marvel’. It is to put the Soyuz MS-12 manned spacecraft into the orbit again on March 14 after 5 months.
Originally this mission was to take place in October 2018. There was a sudden malfunction between the first and second stages of separating. Whereupon the crew was forced to abort the flight and switch to ballistic descent.
So this time, Nick Hague and Roscosmos cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin are about to get a second chance to fly to the International Space Station.
Nick Hague tweeted, “The production director told us it will 0 be the 1901st launch of a Soyuz rocket. 40 tons of well-designed hardware, and 270 tons of propellant, it’s an engineering marvel!”
However, The two are scheduled to launch, this time alongside NASA astronaut Christina Koch. On the Soyuz MS-12 mission from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 14, 2019. The crew is scheduled to take the expedited 6-hour, 4-orbit journey to rendezvous and dock with the ISS, where they will join NASA astronaut Anne McClain, station commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos, and David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency.
ISS Expedition 59 will begin upon docking of Soyuz MS-12, restoring the outpost to a 6-person crew.