The Soyuz-2.1А rocket was brought to launch for the first flight with people

MOSCOW, (BM) – The Soyuz-2.1A rocket was taken out and installed on the launch complex of the Baikonur Cosmodrome for the first manned launch on this carrier, learned citing Roscosmos statement.

“At Baikonur, the Soyuz-2.1A launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft was removed to the launch complex. After it was installed in an upright position, Roscosmos specialists began work on the schedule of the first launch day,” the statement said.

The launch itself is scheduled for April 9 at 11:05 Moscow time. This will be the first launch of this rocket for sending the crew into space. Prior to this, the reliability of the rocket was tested during the launch of cargo ships, and last summer the launch took place with the Soyuz ship, but without crew on board.

Soyuz-2.1a consists entirely of Russian components. The medium replaced Soyuz-FG, which used the Ukrainian management system.

On April 9, the Russians, Anatoly Ivanishin, Ivan Wagner and the American Christopher Cassidy, will be leaving for the ISS on the Soyuz MS-16 spacecraft.


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