The ship Soyuz MS-11, with three expedition members on board, was launched today from the Baikonur cosmodrome on the way to the International Space Station, reported the Russian Space Flight Control Center.
It is the first manned space flight since the accident of last October 11 suffered by a ship of the same series, the Soyuz MS-10, by a failure in the carrier rocket two minutes after its launch, without causing casualties among its crew On board the Soyuz MS-11 travel the Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and the Canadian astronaut David Saitn-Jacques and the American Anne McLain.
On the orbital platform, which will then arrive three times around the Earth, will be received by the commander Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency, the NASA flight engineer Serena Auñón-Chancellor and also the flight engineer of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, Sergei Prokópiev. Minutes after the launch, the CCVE reported that the Soyuz MS-11 had reached the programmed orbit and started its autonomous flight towards the station.
The flight of the Soyuz MS-11 was initially scheduled for December 20, and had to be advanced due to the accident of October 11, the first of a ship of that series in 35 years. The ISS, a project of more than 150,000 million dollars involving sixteen nations, is currently composed of fourteen permanent modules and orbits at a speed of more than 27,000 kilometers per hour at a distance of 400 kilometers from Earth.