On Monday morning, the Russian rocket Soyuz was successfully launched in Kazhazhstab beginning its two days trip to the International Space Station. The rocket carries an American,Daniel C. Burbank, and two Russians, Anton N. Shkaplerov and Anatoly A. Ivanishin. It was scheduled to be launched in September, but the launch was delayed due to certain technical hitches which occurred in an unmanned rocket cargo in August. However, Russia has rectified all its drawback and have launched Soyuz TMA-22.
The Soyuz TMA-22 capsule is scheduled to dock at the space station on Wednesday morning, in time to relieve the crew of three who have been there since June and are due to return to Earth next week.
In addition to carrying out dozens of scientific experiments, the newly arrived space station team will inaugurate the new era of commercial space expeditions, including the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, built by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation of Hawthorne, known as SpaceX, to deliver supplies to the station using a reusable capsule called a Dragon.
As per NASA reports, another commercial resupply ship being built by Orbital Sciences Corporation of Dulles, is expected to make the trip to the station next year.
Report by Anupama