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LAUNCH OF SOYUZ MS-14 UNCREWED TEST FLIGHT, Aug 21, 2019, Kazakhstan, 11:38 pm EDT (Aug 22, 9:38 am local) NASA TV begins 11:15 pm EDT

Russia will launch an uncrewed test flight of a Soyuz spacecraft on the Soyuz 2.1a rocket at 9:38 am local time at the launch site on August 22, 2019.  That is August 21, 11:38 pm EDT and NASA TV coverage begins 11:15 pm EDT.

The mission is designated Soyuz MS-14 and will fly to and dock with the International Space Station, but no one will be aboard.  Instead it will be loaded with cargo for delivery to ISS, and a robot, Fyodor, that will ride the capsule back to landing on Earth.

Docking is scheduled for August 24, 1:31 am EDT (NASA TV coverage begins 12:30 am EDT)

Its purpose is to test a new launch abort system integrated into the Soyuz 2.1a rocket.  Crewed Soyuz spacecraft have been launched with a different version of the Soyuz rocket, Soyuz FG, until now.  Its launch abort system activated as planned during the Soyuz MS-10 mission and the crew safely descended to Earth unharmed.

Soyuz MS-14 will also test an updated navigation and propulsion system for docking with ISS.

Russia typically conducts uncrewed test flights of new systems before introducing major changes to its human spaceflight program.

Learn more about Soyuz MS-14 on RussianSpaceWeb.com.




August 21, 2019 @ 11:00 pm
August 22, 2019 @ 6:00 am