New Crew Launches and Heads to Space Station

The Soyuz TMA-20M Spacecraft Launches
The Soyuz TMA-20M spacecraft launches on time from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA TV

The Soyuz TMA-20M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 5:26 p.m. EDT Friday (3:26 a.m. on March 19 in Baikonur). Jeff Williams of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Skripochka and Alexey Ovchinin are now safely in orbit. NASA Television coverage of the launch continues:

https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

Below is a schedule of the remainder of the trip to the orbiting laboratory:

6:12 p.m. DV1 (19.62 m/s)
6:56 p.m. DV2 (12.37 m/s)
6:57 p.m. Daily Orbit 2 RGS AOS
7:18 p.m. DV3 (4.630 m/s)
7:19 p.m. Daily Orbit 2 RGS LOS
8:02 p.m. DV4 (8.801 m/s)
8:27 p.m. Daily Orbit 3 RGS AOS
8:45 p.m. Daily Orbit 3 RGS LOS
9:02 p.m Automated Rendezvous start
9:05 p.m. USOS to RS MCS Handover: LVLH(177.0,357.1,0.7)
9:08 p.m. Impulse 1 (20.927 m/s)
9:10 p.m. ISS mnvr to dock attitude: LVLH(165.0,0.0,0.0)
9:31 p.m. Impulse 2 (0.056 m/s)
9:34 p.m. Soyuz Kurs-A activation
9:34 p.m. Ham radio deactivate NLT (VHF-2 voice activation)
9:34 p.m. Range = 200 km: Soyuz VHF-2 voice link
9:36 p.m. SM Kurs-P activation
9: 51 p.m. Sunrise at Launch Site
9:54 p.m. Impulse 3 (33.919 m/s)
10:00 p.m. Daily Orbit 4 RGS AOS
10:00 p.m. Range = 80 km: Valid Kurs-P range data
10:06 p.m. Sunrise
10:16 p.m. Daily Orbit 4 RGS LOS
10:21 p.m. Range = 15 km: Kurs-A & Kurs-P short test
10:28 p.m. Robonaut deactivate NLT (TV activation)
10:28 p.m. Range = 8 km: Soyuz TV activation
10:31 p.m. SCAN & Rapidscat inhibit NLT (range = 6 km)
10:36 p.m. Impulse 4 (7.196 m/s)
10:28 p.m. ICS inhibit NLT (range = 2 km)
10:30 p.m. NASA TV Docking Coverage Begins
10:38 p.m. Ballistic Targeting Point
10:41 p.m. Impulse 5 (6.048 m/s)
10:44 p.m. Impulse 6 (2.005 m/s)
10:47 p.m. Flyaround mode start
10:56 p.m. Stationkeeping start
11:00 p.m. Final Approach start
11:02 p.m. ISS inertial snap-and-hold window open
11:04 p.m. Ku-band mask enable NLT (range = 60 m)
11:04 p.m. Sunset
11:11 p.m. Docking
11:11 p.m. ISS to free drift at docking
11:12 p.m. ISS inertial snap-and-hold window close
11:25 p.m. Soyuz & MRM2 hooks closed: ISS mnvr to LVLH(177.0,358.4,0.7)
11:36 p.m. Daily Orbit 5 RGS AOS
11:39 p.m. Sunrise
11:54 p.m. Daily Orbit 5 RGS LOS
12:05 a.m. RS to USOS MCS Handover

To learn more about the International Space Station, visit: https://www.nasa.gov/station. For launch coverage and more information about the mission, visit: https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/. To join the online conversation about the International Space Station, follow @Space_Station.

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