By Alexey Petrov, for Eurasia Business News – October 5, 2021

The Russian Soyuz Rocket before launch on October 5, 2021 – Photo credit : Roscosmos.

A Russian spaceship with actress Yulia Peresild and director Klim Shipenko on board was launched to the International Space Station on October 5.

Filming on the ISS will be financed by the Russian TV Channel One. Part of the work will be financed by the Russian Glavkosmos using funds earned from commercial activities. 

The Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Soyuz MS-19 manned transport vehicle was routinely launched at 11:55 Moscow time from the Baikonur cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan.

The main crew approved by the Russian actress Yulia Peresild, director Klim Shipenko and ISS-66 commander, the Roskosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov.

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The flight of the spacecraft has taken place according to an ultra-short two-turn scheme and has taken around 3 hours. The spacecraft approached the ISS, then began the docking procedure again, switching to manual mode. As a result, the docking was successful: Soyuz MS-19 connected to the ISS.

Anton Shkaplerov, Klim Shipenko and Yulia Peresild have been met by Oleg Novitsky, Peter Dubrov, Mark Vande Hai, Shane Kimbrow, Megan MacArthur, Tom Peske and Akihiko Hoshide on board the International Space Station.

The film crew of the “Challenge” project will shoot the first feature film in space. If the project is completed successfully, it will be the world’s first film shot in space.

The film “Challenge” will tell the story of a female doctor who has to go to the ISS to save the life of an astronaut. According to the scenario, she was given a month to prepare for the flight. Shkaplerov will play one of the roles in the film.

The project will become a clear evidence that space flights are gradually becoming available not only for professionals, but also for an ever wider range of interested persons. For example, such an accelerated training of film participants in the future will be needed to send other specialists into orbit: doctors, scientists“, reported the Roscosmos corporation.

The crew will return to Earth on October 17th.

The launch was the fourth for the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with a manned spacecraft of the Soyuz MS family and a crew on board. The Soyuz-2.1a rocket replaced the Soyuz-FG in missions to deliver cosmonauts and astronauts to the International Space Station.

Soyuz-2.1a is a Russian launch vehicle developed at the Progress Rocket and Space Center (Samara, part of Roskosmos), designed to launch various spacecraft into low-earth orbit, including transport ships and spacecraft. The digital missile control system was created by specialists of the Scientific and Production Association of Automation named after Academician N.A. Semikhatova (Yekaterinburg, included in the perimeter of the State Corporation “Roscosmos”): a set of basic blocks of the “Malachite” family is installed on it.

The main advantage of the Soyuz-2.1a missile over the Soyuz-FG is a digital, not an analog control system. In addition, the rocket is characterized by increased launch accuracy and an increased mass of payloads in low orbits due to the improvement of the control system and propulsion systems of the first and second stages.

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The opportunities for orbital space travels are limited and expensive, the Russian space agency Roscosmos being currently the only on to provide transport to the International Space Station (ISS) for private tourists.

A number of logos have been applied to the Soyuz rocket, including the scientific and educational project “Challenge / Vyzov” and the organizations that carry out its implementation. On the case there are also reminders of important dates of this year – the 60th anniversary of the flight of the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who opened the way into space, and the 60th anniversary of the world’s first daily flight, made by German Titov.

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