A Roscosmos Soyuz rocket is scheduled to launch Tuesday morning from the Baikonur cosmodrome, sending a Russian movie crew and one cosmonaut to the Worldwide House Station. Listed below are the main points of the mission and how one can watch the launch on-line.
This has been a really eventful yr in house, as U.S. firms Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin, and SpaceX all managed to ship vacationers to the ultimate frontier for the very first time. For Russia, that is previous hat. Again in 2001, Roscosmos efficiently transported U.S. millionaire Dennis Tito to the ISS, who dished out a cool $20 million for the historic flight.
Roscosmos is now seeking to strive one thing a bit completely different. The Russian house company is sending a director and actress to the ISS, the place they may movie scenes for an upcoming movie titled Vyzov, or Problem in English (a literal translation can be The Name, for what it’s value). The movie is a joint venture involving Roscosmos, Channel One, and Yellow, Black and White studio.
Director Klim Shipenko, 37, and actress Yulia Peresild, 35, together with cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, 49, are scheduled to launch aboard a Soyuz-2.1a rocket on October 5 at 11:55 a.m. Moscow time (4:55 a.m. EDT or 1:55 a.m. PDT). Channel One will present livestreams of the launch on its website and on Youtube (beneath). Roscosmos may even have a feed accessible.
The spacecraft ought to attain the ISS three hours and 17 minutes after launch, which is fairly quick, so far as this stuff go. Shkaplerov will be part of the Expedition 66 crew and keep till March of subsequent yr, whereas Shipenko and Peresild will keep on the ISS for at the very least 12 days, with a tentative return scheduled for October 17.
The filmmakers are hoping to amass between 35 and 40 minutes of footage throughout their transient keep. Peresild will painting Zhenya—an working surgeon who has only one month to organize for a flight to the ISS, the place she’s going to try to save lots of an ailing cosmonaut’s life. She was chosen for the function following an open competitors and after efficiently finishing bodily and medical exams. Runner-up Alyona Mordovina is serving because the backup actress for the mission. Novitsky will play the function of the cosmonaut who wants medical help, according to Russia’s state-run TASS information company.
Utilizing the ISS as a movie set is assured to offer an genuine sense of what it’s prefer to reside and work in house. The closest precedent to that is Apollo 13, wherein the microgravity scenes had been shot inside NASA’s KC-135 plane, which is famously referred to as the “vomit comet.” As a result of stints of weightlessness had been restricted to 25 seconds, the forged and crew needed to carry out 612 flight parabolas to seize the required footage. Evidently, this gained’t be a difficulty on the ISS, the place microgravity is in abundance.
For the previous a number of months, the movie crew has been getting ready on the Gagarin Cosmonaut Coaching Heart facility on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
“We underwent an accelerated course of many vital parts that the cosmonauts examine over a few years. We tried to grasp them in 4 months. In fact, that is very quick. We had loads of idea, apply, endurance, sports activities—all the things conceivable,” Shipenko told TASS. The purpose, he stated, was to not attain the coaching of a full-fledged cosmonaut, however “to organize as a participant of an area flight.”
As a part of their coaching, the movie crew, together with their respective backups, studied the design of the Soyuz spacecraft and the Russian section of the ISS. In addition they obtained emergency response coaching, which included simulated water landings and weightlessness coaching aboard a zero-g plane. As TASS experiences, Peresild “hadn’t realized how a lot effort the preparation for the venture would require,” however even with hindsight she wouldn’t have given up the chance.
The Roscosmos web site describes it as a “scientific and academic venture,” however because the Russian house company admitted final yr, the “film is aimed to popularize Russia’s house actions” and to “glorify [the] cosmonaut occupation.” Some Russian scientists and former cosmonauts have complained in regards to the mission, saying the movie is diverting sources that might’ve been used elsewhere. As of late August, the producers had been nonetheless looking for funding for the venture.
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