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Published on Jun 12, 2011
Soyuz TMA-22a crew vehicle successfully docked to the International Space Station on June 10th at 01:18 a.m. MSK. The vehicle is now attached to the Rassvet docking port. The rendezvous and docking was in automatic mode, under the control of the MCC experts and the crew. After leak check of the interface and the compartments, TMA-22a crew -- commander Sergey Volkov (Roscosmos), flight engineers Satoshi Furukawa (JAXA), Michael Fossum (NASA)-- joined Andrey Borisenko, station commander, and Alexander Samokutiaev and Ronald Garan to start the 6-crew stage of increment 28. Soyuz TMA-22a is a new-series vehicle which undergoes flight testing. The spaceship is equipped with digital control systems.