On December 17, 2017 at 10:21 MT launch vehicle Soyuz-FG and manned spacecraft Soyuz МS-07 with the crew of long-duration expeditions ISS-44/45 successfully lifted off from Gagarin’s Launch Pad of BAIKONUR space center.
The spacecraft was successfully put into low Earth orbit and is headed for the International Space Station (ISS). The spacecraft crew consists of Anton SHKAPLEROV (Russia), Scott TINGLE (USA) and Norishige KANAI (Japan).
Onboard the International Space Station Soyuz MS-07’s crew will be met by ROSCOSMOS cosmonaut Alexandr MISURKIN, Joseph ACABA and Mark VANDE HEI. Therefore, the Expedition 54 (ISS-54) crew complement will be augmented from three to six crewmembers.
According to telemetry data, the spacecraft insertion into low-Earth orbit and separation from the third stage of the launch vehicle occurred on schedule. Deployment of all antennas and solar array panels was detected immediately after the separation. The systems and assemblies of the upgraded spacecraft operate normally. The crew reports a good health status.
Spacecraft Soyuz MS-07 will approach the ISS using a long two-days rendezvous capability. A fully automatic docking with the Mini Research Module (MRM1) Rassvet is scheduled for December 19 at 11:43 MT.