Soyuz TMA-22

Soyuz TMA -22 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 - 28S. It was the 28th visit of a Soyuz spacecraft to the ISS and the 134th flight in Sojusprogramm. The mission was the last flight of the Soyuz TMA spacecraft according to older design with analog computers. With the qualification flight Soyuz TMA- 03M the redesigned successor went with digital technology after two test flights in the normal operating mode.


Main occupation

  • Anton Nikolaevich Shkaplerov ( first space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Anatoly Alexeyevich Ivanishin ( first space flight), flight engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Daniel Christopher Burbank ( third space flight), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)

Backup crew

  • Gennady Ivanovich Padalka (4th space flight), Commander, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Sergei Nikolaevich Rewin ( first space flight ), flight engineer, ( Russia / Roskosmos )
  • Joseph Michael Acaba ( second space flight), flight engineer, (USA / NASA)

Mission History

The launch was originally scheduled for 22 September 2011. After the misfire of the third stage of a Soyuz rocket on 24 August, the Mission was first moved to the end of October or early November in order to carry out two unmanned test flights can. The launch finally took place on November 14 at 4:14 UTC heavy snowfall from the launch pad 1 of the spaceport in Baikonur.

After more than two days flying the Soyuz nine minutes earlier than planned reached the International Space Station on November 16, 2011. The Soyuz spacecraft Soyuz TMA -21 sparked off as a rescue capsule.

The crew of the ISS Expeditions 29 and 30 should remain until March 16, 2012 at the ISS, but the re-entry capsule of the Soyuz TMA- 04M spacecraft was seriously damaged with the tightness test in Energia plant Korolev. It was decided to discard the entire spaceship and accelerate the refurbishment of the actually provided for Soyuz TMA- 05M spacecraft. Thus, the launch of Soyuz TMA- 04M is postponed to 15 May 2012, the ISS Expedition 30 has been extended until the end of April 2012.

On April 27, 2012 at 8:18 UTC docked Soyuz TMA -22 from with Shkaplerov, Ivanishin and Burbank on board. Thus began on the ISS Expedition 31 with Oleg Kononenko as commander. The brake ignition was initiated at 10:49 UTC, 11:21 UTC entered the landing capsule into the dense layers of the atmosphere. The drogue parachute was activated in 10.7 kilometers high, about 8 km height unfolded the huge white-orange striped main parachute. The landing was finally at 11:45 UTC about 90 kilometers northeast of Arkalyk on a field in the steppe of Kazakhstan.

Because of the strong wind, the crew capsule landed but on the side, which NASA commentator Rob Navias led to the laconic remark that the " not uncommon " is.