Russia will send five spacecraft to the ISS next year

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Russia next year will send five spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS), the first flight will take place in mid-March, according to the station's flight program, RIA Novosti reports.

Of the five planned launches, two will be manned, they will be performed by the Soyuz spacecraft, the program says, and the remaining three will be launches of the Progress cargo spacecraft.

The first flight in 2022 with astronauts on board will take place on March 18 on Soyuz MS-21, with Oleg Artemiev, Sergey Korsakov and Denis Matveev flying on it. Almost six months later, on September 21, the Soyuz MS-22 will be launched with cosmonauts Anna Kikina, Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin. Cargo ships “Progress” are planned to be launched on February 15, June 3 and October 26, the document says.

In early October, Roskosmos will launch a spacecraft with a film crew to the ISS, the orbit of the station was increased by 650 m due to the launch. The state corporation announced plans to shoot a film in September 2020, its partners are Channel One and Black and White studio.

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