SPACE NEWS | Crews of the new expedition to ISS will arrive at Baikonur on March 24.

SPACE NEWS | The crews of the new expedition to the ISS will arrive at Baikonur on March 24.

starting at the moment of detachment of the ship "Union MS-15" on April 17, 2020.
ISS-63 is the sixty-third long-term expedition of the International Space Station (ISS)

RSC Energia also noted that the preparation of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle and the spacecraft is in progress on schedule.

The main and backup crews of the new expedition to the International Space Station (ISS) should arrive at Baikonur for further pre launch preparation on March 24. 

This was announced by Leonid Baranov, Deputy Director General of RSC Energia (the enterprise that develops the Soyuz MS manned spaceships) during the "tea party" of the corporation management with the crews.

RKK Energia management, headed by General Director Nikolay Sevastyanov, met with the crews of the Soyuz MS-16 spaceship - the main crew of Anatoly Ivanishin, Ivan Wagner, Chris Cassidy and the duplicate crew of Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrey Babkin, Stephen Bowen - restoring the tradition of "tea-drinking" in the corporation before the flight. 

Leonid Baranov, Deputy General Director and Head of Baikonur Branch, told about the preparations at the Soyuz launch site: the Soyuz TIC has passed complex tests, everything is ready for the crew meeting on March 24 and its further preparation for the flight," according to a report posted on RKK Energia website on Tuesday.

Sevastyanov said the preparation of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle and the ship is going on routine, and wished the crew to pass the tests and prepare for the flight.

Ivanishin expressed gratitude from the crew to the management of the corporation for their wishes and for resuming the tradition of "tea-drinking" before the flight, noting that "it is very pleasant and useful to meet with those who prepare the spacecraft, putting all their knowledge and soul into it".

The first manned flight to the ISS in 2020 is scheduled for April 9. 

The crew of the ship "Soyuz MS" will go into orbit on the rocket "Soyuz-2.1a" for the first time. The Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with manned Soyuz MS-16 and members of the long-distance expedition ISS-63 will be launched from launch pad 31 at Baikonur Cosmodrome.