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Soyuz MS-15’s crew undergoes tests ahead of flight to ISS

Moscow, Aug 30 (efe-epa).- The crew members of the Soyuz MS-15 spacecraft on Friday concluded the second day of tests before heading to International Space Station, a flight scheduled for 25 September.

The main crew comprised of Russian cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, Emirati astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri and Jessica Meir of the United States was in charge of the simulator of Soyuz at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center facilities located in the city of Zvyozdny gorodok, near Moscow.

The reserve crew, including Serguei Rizhikov of Russia, Sultan al Neyadi of the UAE and Thomas Marshburn of the United States, started the tests using the simulator of the Russian segment of the platform.

Throughout the day, the two crews swapped the roles they carried out on Thursday at the beginning of the tests, which will help evaluate the results of their training at the Gagarin Center.

However, the final composition of the expedition 61/62 to the ISS will be revealed shortly before the trip, when the state-run Russian commission gives the green light.

The Soyuz MS-15 will be the last Russian manned spacecraft to be sent to its orbit by the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle, equipped with an analog control system of Ukrainian manufacture.

Then, Soyuz-2. 1a, supplied with a Russian digital control system, will be the launch vehicle.EFE-EPA

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