When is the next crewed launch to space?

next crewed launch

Since 2000 humanity has had a constant presence of individuals orbiting the Earth onboard the International Space Station. With the rise of commercial opportunities to reach for the stars, and other nations begin their crew launch programs, when is the next crewed launch?

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Russian director and actress arrive back on Earth onboard MS-18

Over the weekend, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy undocked his MS-18 Soyuz spacecraft from the International Space Station. Along for the ride were Russian actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko finishing their short stay in space.

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Soyuz spacecraft carrying film crew docked at space station, not without problems

Soyuz MS-19 successfully docked with the International Space Station, but it wasn’t all smooth sailing. “Just like you trained for. You’ll be fine,” said Russian Mission Control Center (MCC-M).

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NASA TV coverage set for Russian film production launch

Roscosmos is preparing to launch two private citizens and a Russian cosmonaut to the International Space Station for a week and a half to film scenes for a movie called Challenge. NASA will provide live coverage of the launch.

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Space Station Crew to Relocate Soyuz, Make Room for New Crewmates

Roscosmos is preparing to relocate the MS-18 Soyuz spacecraft next Tuesday to make room for the crew of MS-19 arriving next month.

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Astronauts wake up to smoke alarms and melted plastic smell on the space station

Fire and smoke alarms have gone off in the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) overnight. The crew reported smelling “burned plastic, maybe burned electronics odor”.

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International Space Station continues to show its age as Cosmonauts find “Superficial” cracks on Zarya module

Cosmonauts aboard the ISS have discovered cracks on the space station’s oldest module, Zarya.

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Could Tesla’s robot be SpaceX’s Robonaut? It wouldn’t be the first humanoid to go to space

Last week Tesla pulled a “One more thing” and announced they are working on an autonomous robot powered by their Full Self Driving neural net. Many have questioned the companies choice but there could be a clever reason for Elon’s madness. Yes, it includes Tesla Bots on Mars, it’s always about Mars.

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[Update: NASA on-duty flight director interview] Watch the moment things went wrong when Nauka joined the ISS [Video]

Earlier this week Russia launched their newest module to the International Space Station. After a rough orbit insertion, Nauka caused even more issues when it started firing its thrusters while attached to the International Space Station. Video shows Nauka’s docking mishap.

[Update: Nauka module arrived at ISS] New International Space Station module ‘Nauka’ overcomes issues while in orbit

On July 21st, a new module to join the International Space Station launched on a Proton rocket into orbit. Since then numerous issues with the Nauka module have cropped up, but recently, it seems to be trending well.

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Soyuz MS-18 arrives at International Space Station, bringing the current crew count to 10

Before Commercial Crew the Soyuz was the only way to the ISS and normally only two were ever docked, making up a crew size of no more than 6. Now with SpaceX’s Crew 1 is on board, upon MS-18’s arrival, there are now 10 crew members for Expedition 64.

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[Update: Livestream scheduled] The upcoming Russian led rotation of crew prepares to head to the ISS

Expedition 64 continues and the beginning of Expedition 65 begins as teams prepare to launch the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft carrying 2 Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut to the ISS in the beginning of April.

Date: Friday, April 9th, 3:42 AM EDT

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Russia selects first candidate to likely fly on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

During the Shuttle era, NASA and the Russian space agency Roscosmos worked out a deal to trade seats between the Shuttle and the Russian Soyuz capsule. When the Shuttle retired this deal went away and NASA had to now pay for each seat it was going to take up until NASA could get its Commerical Crew Program up and running.

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Russia has resumed test flights of Angara-5 with third successful mission

On Monday, for the first time in six years, Russia performed a test flight of the Angara-5 rocket. The test was conducted at 8:50 Moscow Time, and saw the rocket head for a near-geosynchronous orbit carrying a test payload.

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Cosmonauts conducting spacewalk outside ISS to prepare for Russian research module

Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov are conducting spacewalks outside the International Space Station today. NASA astronaut Kate Rubins is tasked with assisting the cosmonaut duo with suiting up and monitoring their progress during what is expected to last up to six hours.

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