Monday, May 20, 2013| 1:13 AM US/Pacific
THE EXPEDITION 31 SOYUZ ROCKET MOVES TO ITS LAUNCH PAD
The Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft and its booster were moved to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a railcar on May 13, for final preparations prior to launch to the International Space Station on May 15 local time. The Soyuz TMA-04M will carry Expedition 31 Soyuz Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA Flight Engineer Joe Acaba and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin. The trio will spend four months on the outpost, joining station Commander Oleg Kononenko, NASA Flight Engineer Don Pettit and European Space Agency Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers, who have been in orbit since December. The footage includes video of the Soyuz spacecraft's mating to its Soyuz booster rocket in Baikonur on May 12, and interviews with Eric Boe, Deputy Chief of the Astronaut Office, JSC, and Kirk Shireman, ISS Deputy Program Manager.
But only 1 can fly ...
But only 1 can fly manned.
Soyuz and Progress ...
Soyuz and Progress have the same control system, and both can fly in unmanned mode.
It was quite a lot ...
It was quite a lot of unmanned Soyuz launches, but these spacecrafs were designated as Kosmos.
01:13 Painting a ...
01:13 Painting a duct tape or what?
I can't wait until ...
I can't wait until they build a space elevator
Sonic screw drivers ...
Sonic screw drivers are going to be standard in 2013
This is one of the ...
This is one of the videos I have to skip through. The space program is interesting but even us nerds get bored of 15 minutes of watching people walk next to a rocket on a train.
I can has rocket ...
I can has rocket powered train!
Cool video - ...
Cool video - working together to get to the ISS - still should have the Space Shuttle fleet though - one of them flew only 33 of its 100 mission Lifespan capabilities .
Yes, SpaceX is ...
Yes, SpaceX is performing their first UNMANNED COTS test with the space station.. if the entire test is successful it will dock with the station and deliver it's first real cargo... The Manned version of the Dragon is about 3 years away according to Elon Musk.. I'm hoping for sooner.. -grin-
SpaceX is planning ...
SpaceX is planning a trip to the station this month isn't it? Or is that unmanned?
Well.. Solar Panel ...
Well.. Solar Panel Technology has come far... and it burns up in the atmosphere better than other things.. Fuel Cells are expensive for a one shot deal. Oh, and contrary to popular belief.. Not EVERYONE is a zombie of the state out here.. some of us really do know how to think for ourselves... Sadly, there are plenty who don't.. but then again I think that's pretty much true of human beings all over the world.. isn't it.. <: -) Be Safe.. <: -)
It does make sense, ...
It does make sense, I suppose getting them as tight as possible would present problems as they heat up. I was just kidding around anyway :P
You meant Progress, ...
You meant Progress, Soyuz has ALLWAYS been piloted.
I noticed that NASA ...
I noticed that NASA " added " solar panels ( just like USSR/PatheticRussia has ) and instead of water landing, it will be a land landing ( again like GreatUSSR/PatheticRussia does ). I just love it when someone says Skylab and Mir paved a way for ISS, what they actually meant was SalutS and Mir paved the way for ISS. Anyhow its nice to see American show an interest in something other than Jerry Springer or whatever they told you to watch on tv.
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