Status Report

Soyuz TM-33 transport spacecraft docks with ISS

By SpaceRef Editor
October 23, 2001
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Being launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on 21 October 2001, the
Russian Soyuz TM-33 manned transport spacecraft docked to the International
Space Station (ISS) following a two-day free flight in near-earth orbit
and upon completion of all the required rendezvous and berthing operations
in an automated mode with respect to the Orbital Complex.

Following the fly-around of the station, the Soyuz TM-33 spacecraft
approached the free nadir port of the ISS Functional Cargo Block Zarya.

The spacecraft fly-around, rendezvous and berthing operations were observed
by the Expedition Crew ISS-3 and Russian and U.S. Mission Control Centers
personnel, including the trajectory measurements, telemetry and television
information, photo imageries from the onboard TV cameras accommodated
on the Russian Segment and Canadian manipulator of the ISS U.S. On-orbit

At 14 hours 44 minutes 15 seconds Moscow summer time the spacecraft
came into contact with the nadir port, when the spacecraft and ISS were
within the Russian ground site coverage.

The spacecraft was piloted by the second visiting crew (VC-2) of the
station, which included Russian cosmonauts Viktor Afanasiev (Crew Commander),
Konstantin Kozeev (Flight Engineer-2), and French astronaut Claudie
Haignere (Flight Engineer-1).

At 16 hours 16 minutes upon completion of the mechanical capture, retraction
and interface leak check operations, the VC-2 crew opened the transfer
hatches between the spacecraft and the ISS Functional Cargo Block Zarya
and moved aboard the ISS Russian Segment.

The combined International crew consisting of the Expedition Crew ISS-3
and VC-2 crew stays aboard the Orbital Complex. The combined crew consists
of U.S. astronaut F. Culbertson (Commander of ISS-3 crew), Russian cosmonauts
V. Dezhurov, V. Afanasiev (Soyuz TM-32 and Soyuz TM 33 crew commanders),
M. Tyurin, Konstantin Kozeev (both flight engineers, test cosmonauts
of S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia) and French astronaut
C. Haignere (flight engineer, representative of the European Space Agency).
Upon docking, the ISS Complex will continue its on-orbit flight in the
following configuration: Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-32, Soyuz TM-33,
Progress M-45, Russian modules Zvezda, Pirs, Functional Cargo Block
Zarya, U.S. modules Unity, Destiny and airlock Quest.

The total mass of the ISS Complex is about 143.5 t.

The onboard systems of ISS Complex operate normally.

The ISS Complex is flying in a near-earth orbit with an inclination
of 51.66 °, maximum and minimum altitudes of 407.1 and 391.7 km, respectively.
The orbital period is 92.3 min.

The onboard systems of the transport spacecraft and the station modules
operate normally. The ISS combined crew is performing on-orbit activities
under the flight program.

The free flight of the Soyuz TM-33 spacecraft was commanded by the Lead
Operational Control Team (LOCT) located in Moscow Mission Control Center
(MCC-M, Korolev) and working in close cooperation with the specialists
from the American Mission Control Center (MCC-H, Houston). The LOCT
includes the managers and leading specialists from S.P. Korolev RSC
Energia, experts from other enterprises and organizations. Flight Director
is Pilot-Cosmonaut V.A. Soloviev.

During the Soyuz TM-33 spacecraft docking Moscow MCC-M was attended
by the Prime Minister of French Republic Lionel Jospin, Ambassador of
France to Russian Federation Claude Blanchemaison, Yu. N. Koptev, General
Director of Rosaviakosmos, Yu. P. Semenov, Technical Director of Russian
Manned Space Programs, General Designer of S.P. Korolev RSC Energia,
Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, representatives of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and French Embassy to the Russian Federation,
representatives of business circles of France, specialists of RSC Energia,
NASA, ESA, CNES, Russian leading enterprises and organizations involved
in the ISS Project implementation.

SpaceRef staff editor.