Transport manned spacecraft «Soyuz TMA-19M» with three astronauts on Board, launched on Tuesday, December 15, from the Baikonur cosmodrome, after a six-hour Autonomous flight went from automatic docking with the International space station on hand. This was reported to journalists in the Russian Federal space Agency.
According to the head of Department Alexander Ivanov, the commander of the crew switched to manual mode due to a failure in the automatic control system, reports the Agency «Interfax».
As reported in the office space, transport ship successfully docked to the ISS. The crew of a new expedition – Yuri Malenchenko (Roscosmos), Timothy Koper (NASA) and Timothy Peak (European space Agency) – transferred to the space station.
The ISS crew have to work with the new transport cargo spacecraft «Progress M-M» and «Progress M-S». In addition, the crew must perform one spacewalk under the Russian program and to take the American cargo ships Dragon and Cygnus, and to perform works on equipping the Russian and American segments of the ISS.
Crew return is tentatively scheduled for June 5, 2016. Thus, Malenchenko will spend in space 174 days, and its total duration will reach 815 days. This will allow the astronaut to become the second in the world by time spent outside of the Earth (the record now belongs to the Russian Gennady Padalka and 878 days for five flights), notes TASS.