Arrival of Soyuz TMA17-M at ISS

Soyuz TMA-17M successfully launched on July 22, 2015 on a 6 hour launch-to-docking mission to the ISS. The new crewmembers Kjell Lindgren (NASA), Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos) and Kimiya Yui (JAXA) will join the current crew to become the Expedition 44.

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An hour after launch, controllers in Moscow admitted there was an issue with the plane 4 (Port) array on the Soyuz vehicle. It appeared the array did not deply as planned, the fourth such occurrence in Soyuz history, the most recent being the Soyuz TMA-14M mission, which resulted in the array deploying after docking.

Soyuz aimed for a docking with the station’s Rassvet module. The following pictures are from NASA TV that shows the station from underneath approaching the docking target on Rassvet module.

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Docking successful! The port solar array did deploy after docking.

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Current Russian segment configuration

Source: Nasaspaceflight.com, NASA TV

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