Soyuz TMA -01M is a mission name for the flight of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS). In the course of the ISS program of flight is called ISS AF - 24S. It was the 24th visit of a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS and the 130th flight in Sojusprogramm. For the first time a Soyuz spacecraft was used with digital control technology, which can be operated by just a spaceman. Testing of the control of the new technique was performed with the Progress M- 01M cargo spacecraft in November 2008.
For the maiden flight of the new Soyuz - type one of the most experienced Russian cosmonauts was selected as the commander.
- Alexander Jurjewitsch Kaleri, ( 5 spacecraft ), Commander ( Roskosmos Roscosmos / Russia Russia)
- Oleg Ivanovich Skripotschka ( first space flight), flight engineer ( Roskosmos Roscosmos / Russia Russia)
- Scott Joseph Kelly ( third space flight), flight engineer ( National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA / United States United States)
- Sergei Volkov, commander ( Roskosmos Roscosmos / Russia Russia)
- Oleg Kononenko, flight engineer ( Roskosmos Roscosmos / Russia Russia)
- Ronald Garan, a flight engineer ( National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA / United States United States)
This mission brought three crew members of the ISS Expeditions 25 and 26 to the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft Soyuz TMA -18 sparked off as a rescue capsule.
On March 16, 2011 at 4:27 UTC docked Soyuz TMA -01M with Kaleri, Skripotschka and Kelly on board from. Thus began at the ISS Expedition 27 with Dmitri Kondratyev as commander. The brake ignition was initiated at 7:03 UTC. The crew capsule landed after a normal descent to 7:54 UTC clock in the Kazakh steppe 86 km north of Arkalyk. At the landing site prevailed with strong winds and frigid temperatures very rough weather. " You might think that was a scene from the North Pole ," said NASA spokesman Rob Navias to the extreme climatic conditions.
After this flight Kaleri had spent 769 days in space and was behind Sergei Krikaljow No. 2 in the rankings of the longest total time in space.