Aviation of the Central military district on Sunday moved to operational airfields along the trajectory of launch of manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS-02,” which is set to launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome to the International space station on 19 October, said the assistant commander of the district Colonel Yaroslav Roshchupkin, reports RIA Novosti.
“Airplanes and helicopters of the Central military district today moved to operational airfields along the trajectory of launch of manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS-02″ with the Russian-American crew consisting of Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrei Borisenko and astronaut NASА Robert Shane Kimbrough,” said Roshchupkin.
Three minutes before the start of military rescuers settlements near Arkalyk, Dzhezkazgan, Karaganda, Gorno-Altaisk and Kyzyl will be in readiness number one.
It is noted that search and rescue provision be attended by about 150 servicemen and ten Mi-8 helicopters, five planes an-12 and An-26, and 20 units of motor vehicles of the raised passableness. Duty in the launch and orbit insertion of a spacecraft is organized into command and control center 14 army, air force and air defense in Yekaterinburg.
Earlier it was reported that the state Commission, having considered the materials of the works on elimination of technical malfunction of manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS-02” (No. 732), chose the date of launch to the ISS October 19, 11:05 GMT. As part of the main crew of Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, as well as NASА astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough. Doubles — Russian cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Nikolai Tikhonov and NASА astronaut mark Vande HEI.