Soyuz TMA-18M

Soyuz TMA -18M is a mission name for the planned flight of Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station. In the course of the ISS program of flight is called ISS AF -44S. It is the 44th visit of a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS and the 150th flight in Sojusprogramm be.


Start crew

Return crew

  • Sergei Alexandrovich Volkov ( third space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Mikhail Borisovich Korniyenko ( second space flight), flight engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Scott Joseph Kelly ( fourth space flight), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)

Mission Description

The mission brings with Sergei Volkov, a crew member of ISS Expeditions 45 and 46 to the International Space Station. The Soyuz spacecraft Soyuz TMA -16M triggers from a rescue capsule.

For the first time the operating time of crew members ( Mikhail Korniyenko and Scott Kelly) is extended to one year in order to study the effects of prolonged weightlessness better in terms of a manned Mars flight to the ISS. The resulting vacant space in the Soyuz spacecraft has been sold to the space tourist Sarah Brightman. You and ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen start a short-term ISS mission and will end up with Soyuz TMA -16M again.