Soyuz TMA-14M

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Soyuz TMA-14M
Soyuz TMA-14M approaches the ISS (d).jpg
Soyuz TMA-14M approaches the ISS with port solar array retracted, 26 September 2014
Operator Roskosmos
COSPAR ID 2014-057A
SATCAT № 40246
Mission duration 167 days, 5 hours, 43 minutes
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Soyuz 11F732A47 No.714
Spacecraft type Soyuz-TMA 11F747
Manufacturer RKK Energia
Crew size 3
Members Aleksandr Samokutyayev
Yelena Serova
Barry E. Wilmore
Start of mission
Launch date 25 September 2014, 20:25:00 (2014-09-25UTC20:25Z) UTC
Rocket Soyuz-FG
Launch site Baikonur 1/5, Kazakhstan
End of mission
Landing date 12 March 2015
02:07 UTC
Landing site Kazakh Steppe, Kazakhstan
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 176 kilometres (109 mi)[1]
Apogee 335 kilometres (208 mi)[1]
Inclination 52.06 degrees[1]
Period 89.48 minutes[1]
Epoch 25 September 2014, 20:13:36 UTC[1]
Docking with ISS
Docking port Poisk zenith
Docking date 26 September 2014
02:11 UTC
Undocking date 11 March 2015
22:44 UTC
Time docked 166 days, 20 hours, 33 minutes

Soyuz TMA-14M crew during an emergency scenario training session at JSC.jpg
(l-r) Samokutyayev, Wilmore and Serova

Soyuz programme
(Manned missions)
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Soyuz TMA-14M was a 2014 flight to the International Space Station. It transported three members of the Expedition 41 crew to the International Space Station. TMA-14M is the 123rd flight of a Soyuz spacecraft, the first flight launching in 1967. The Soyuz remained docked to the space station for the Expedition 42 increment to serve as an emergency escape vehicle until undocking and landing as scheduled in March 2015.


Position[2] Crew Member
Commander Russia Aleksandr Samokutyayev, RSA
Expedition 41
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Yelena Serova, RSA
Expedition 41
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 United States Barry E. Wilmore, NASA
Expedition 41
Second spaceflight

Backup crew

Position[3] Crew Member
Commander Russia Gennady Padalka, RSA
Flight Engineer 1 Russia Mikhail Korniyenko, RSA
Flight Engineer 2 United States Scott Kelly, NASA

Mission highlights

Launch, rendezvous and docking

Soyuz TMA-14M successfully launched aboard a Soyuz-FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 20:25 UTC on Thursday, 25 September 2014 (2:25 AM Friday 26 September local time).[4] The spacecraft reached low Earth orbit approximately nine minutes after lift-off.[5] After reaching orbit, the Soyuz spacecraft's port solar array failed to deploy, but eventually did deploy after docking with the ISS. According to NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency, the solar array does not pose a threat to the success of the mission.[6]

Following a four-orbit rendezvous, the spacecraft docked with the Poisk module of the International Space Station just under six hours after launch, at 02:11 UTC on Friday, 26 September. Hatches between the two spacecraft were opened at 04:06 UTC. At this time, the crew of TMA-14M joined the crew of Expedition 41, where they were scheduled to remain until the crew of Soyuz TMA-13M departed in November 2014. Samokutyayev, Serova and Wilmore transferred to the crew of Expedition 42 at that time.[4][6]

Undocking and return to Earth

TMA-14M remained docked to the ISS—serving as an emergency escape vehicle—until March 11, 2015, when it departed and returned Samokutyayev, Serova and Wilmore to Earth. After undocking from the ISS at 22:44 UTC on 11 March, the spacecraft deorbited and its descent module along with the mission crew landed safely just over three hours later, at 02:07 UTC on 12 March.



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