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Soyuz MS-01



The arrival of Soyuz MS-01 comes two days after the vehicle launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This new “Modernized Systems” spacecraft took the longer 34-orbit rendezvous profile, rather than the more recently utilized 4-orbit rendezvous in order to test and verify the new systems installed on the vehicle.

Once in orbit, the crew oversaw deployment of the two upgraded solar panels as well as the KURS antenna that would allow for an automatic docking. Among other things throughout the two-day rendezvous, the new Unified Command and Telemetry System was tested. This new system allows the spacecraft to utilize Russia’s Luch data relay satellites—similar to the United States’ Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System—thereby increasing communications with orbiting Soyuz vehicles from short ground station passes on about half of the orbits to about 70 percent of the path around Earth.

Over the next number of months, the six crew members will receive multiple resupply ships at the ISS, delivering many tons of food, fuel, supplies, and research. The first, Progress MS-03, will launch on July 17 and dock to the Pirs docking compartment about six hours later.

Alternate Names

  • 41639
  • SoyuzMS01

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2016-07-07
Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG
Launch Site: Tyuratam (Baikonur Cosmodrome), Kazakhstan

Funding Agencies

  • Russian Space Agency (International)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (International)
  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (International)


  • Human Crew

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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