Soyuz TMA-1

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Soyuz TMA-1
Mission type ISS crew transport
Operator Rosaviakosmos
COSPAR ID 2002-050A
SATCAT № 27552
Mission duration 185 days, 22 hours, 53 minutes, 14 seconds
Orbits completed ~3,020
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Soyuz 11F732 No.211[1]
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F732
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Launching Sergei Zalyotin
Frank De Winne
Yury Lonchakov
Landing Nikolai Budarin
Kenneth Bowersox
Donald Pettit
Callsign Yenisey
Start of mission
Launch date October 30, 2002, 03:11:11 (2002-10-30UTC03:11:11Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5
End of mission
Landing date May 4, 2003, 02:04:25 (2003-05-04UTC02:04:26Z) UTC
Landing site 49.39° N; 61.2° E
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 383 kilometres (238 mi)
Apogee 402 kilometres (250 mi)
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Period 92.4 minutes
Epoch 6 November 2002[2]
Docking with ISS
Docking port Pirs nadir
Docking date November 1, 2002, 05:01 UTC
Undocking date May 3, 2003, 22:43 UTC
Soyouz TMA-1 logo.svg

Soyuz TMA-1 crew.jpg
From left to right: Frank de Winne, Sergei Zalyotin and Yuri Lonchakov

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
← Soyuz TM-34 Soyuz TMA-2
The Soyuz TMA-1 spacecraft approaches the ISS for docking.

Soyuz TMA-1a. was a Soyuz mission to the International Space Station (ISS) launched by a Soyuz FG launch vehicle with a Russian-Belgian cosmonaut crew blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.[3] This was the fifth Russian Soyuz class shuttle to fly to the International Space Station. It was also the first flight of the TMA-class Soyuz spacecraft.[4] Soyuz TM-34 was the last of the prior Soyuz-TM spacecraft to be launched.


Position Launching crew Landing crew
Commander Russia Sergei Zalyotin, RKA
Second spaceflight
Russia Nikolai Budarin, RKA
Expedition 6 Soyuz Commander
Third spaceflight
Flight Engineer Belgium Frank De Winne, ESA
First spaceflight
United States Kenneth Bowersox, NASA
Expedition 6 ISS Commander/Soyuz Flight Engineer
Fifth spaceflight
Flight Engineer Russia Yury Lonchakov, RKA
Second spaceflight
United States Donald Pettit, NASA
Expedition 6 Flight Engineer
First spaceflight

Mission parameters

  • Mass: 7,220 kg (15,910 lb), gross
  • Perigee: 193 km
  • Apogee: 235 km
  • Inclination: 51.6°
  • Period: 88.7 minutes

Docking with ISS

  • Docked to ISS: November 1, 2002, 05:01 UTC (to Pirs module)
  • Undocked from ISS: May 3, 2003, 22:43 UTC (from Pirs module)


Section ref: Astro[5]
  • Gross mass: 7,220 kg (15,910 lb).
  • Unfuelled mass: 6,320 kg (13,930 lb).
  • Height: 6.98 m (22.90 ft).
  • Diameter: 2.20 m (7.20 ft).
  • Span: 10.70 m (35.10 ft).
  • Thrust: 3.92 kN (881 lbf).
  • Specific impulse: 305 s.

Mission highlights

In the spring of 2001, a taxi mission to the space station was being scheduled to take place on October 2002. At first the crew was to be Commander Sergei Zalyotin and Flight Engineer Frank De Winne; however, a report released on February 2002 stated that American musician Lance Bass was interested in joining the crew for a one-week mission on board the Russian spacecraft. The mission began to fall through, and by September 2002 they had discontinued the training of Lance Bass due to the mission organizers' failure to meet the terms of the contract. They filled the vacant seat left by Lance Bass with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Lonchakov.

While the Soyuz TMA-1 was on orbit, the Feb 2003 Columbia shuttle accident occurred and required a change in crew changeout process. The Soyuz system would become the sole method for crew to launch to and return from ISS, until the space shuttle was returned to service in July 2005.

Soyuz TMA-1 disembarked from ISS on May 4, 2003 and immediately began its return to Earth, marking the first entry and descent for this Soyuz class. A technical malfunction caused the Soyuz control system to abandon the gentler controlled entry and descent and instead fall back to the harsher ballistic reentry and descent. This resulted in a steep and off target landing of the spacecraft. The craft landed 300 miles short of the planned area, and the crew was subjected to severe gravitational loads. Communication with the Soyuz was lost because one antenna was ripped off during descent, and two more did not deploy. The crew regained communications through an emergency transmitter after landing. Due to this event, future crews would be provided with a satellite phone to establish contact with recovery forces.

Subsequent Soyuz TMA missions were able to successfully execute controlled reentries, until the Soyuz TMA-10 and Soyuz TMA-11 missions which both also reverted to ballistic descents.


  1. McDowell, Jonathan. "Launch Log". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. McDowell, Jonathan. "Satellite Catalog". Jonathan's Space Page. Retrieved 9 November 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Space report No.46
  4. Soyuz TMA-1
  5. Soyuz TMA


a.T – транспортный – Transportnyi – meaning transport, M – модифицированный – Modifitsirovannyi – meaning modified, A – антропометрический, – Antropometricheskii meaning anthropometric).

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