Roscosmos General Director Dmitry Rogozin announced his intention to invite entrepreneurs Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson to launch the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft, which will take place from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
“Today I am sending an invitation to Mr. Elon Musk, we would like to invite both Mr. Branson and Mr. Bezos,” Rogozin said on Wednesday, August 25, on the air Channel One…
The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-19 manned transport vehicle is scheduled for October 5, 2021 from the Baikonur cosmodrome. The filmmakers will return to earth on October 17 together with cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky on the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft.
On August 21, the press service of Roscosmos explained that the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) had been lifted to prepare for the launch of the Soyuz MS-19. The crew will include actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko, they will shoot the first feature film in space under the working title “Challenge”.
Initially, the ISS orbit correction was scheduled for August 19, but it was postponed for two days at the request of the American side. The reason was the technical unavailability of the American segment, which was reported to the Flight Director of the partners in the Mission Control Center near Moscow.
Roscosmos said that the orbit needs to be adjusted to form ballistic conditions before the launch and docking of Soyuz MS-19, as well as before undocking and landing of Soyuz MS-18.
The last time the ISS orbit was corrected on June 24 by the engines of the Progress MS-16 cargo vehicle. Then the orbit of the station was raised by 850 m – up to 420.3 km.