The launch of the Russian Soyuz crew will be telecasted live on NASA Television, and on the NASA app at 4:55 am EDT (1:55 pm Baikonur time). The rocket will carry Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild and producer Klim Shipenko to the International Space Station where they will shoot a few segments for a movie. Some are hoping that this will expand the commercial space opportunities.
The Soyuz booster is powered by nearly a million pounds of thrust, and after its downrange, the rocket will get rid of its four strap-on liquid-fueled boosters. After the successful completion of the core stage, the rocket will go into a third stage to finally put the rocket into orbit which will also initiate the sequence to match the orbit of the space station so that the spacecraft can finally dock to the outpost’s Rassvet module somewhere around 8:12 am EDT.
The astronauts aboard the Soyuz flight will join Expedition 65 Commander Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Shane Kimbrough, and Megan McArthur, Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.
Shipenko and Peresild will spend 11 days at the Space Center to film segments of a Russian feature film titled “The Challenge.” During the time of the shooting, a total of 10 people will be working the onboard complex. The film crew consisting of Shipenko and Peresild will leave the station and return to Earth on October 16 aboard the Soyuz MS-18 Spacecraft along with the cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy who launched into orbit on April 9. The Soyuz MS-18 flight carrying these passengers and the cosmonaut will land on the steppe of Kazakhstan.
Later this month a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will also be launched into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.