MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Servicemen of the search-and-rescue and parachute-landing service (PS and PDS) of the Central Military District (CVO), relocated to Kazakhstan to the places of operational duty to ensure the safety of the launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the manned spacecraft ” Soyuz MS-18 “.
To ensure the launch of the carrier rocket, more than 150 rescue specialists were deployed to the operational areas of duty in the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Russian Federation, an aviation group: Mi-8 helicopters, An-26 and An-12 aircraft; more than 20 units of ground vehicles, including four modernized search and recovery vehicles FEM-1 and FEM-2 “Blue Bird”. During the flight of the 65th expedition to the International Space Station, military rescuers will be on duty at Russian airfields in the settlements of Uprun, Gorno-Altaisk, Kyzyl, Yekaterinburg and on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan at the airfields in Karaganda, Baikonur, Zhezkazgan and Arkalyk.
The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft, which was named Yu.A. Gagarin “, scheduled for April 9, 2021. The prime crew of the Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft included Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai, while the backup crew included Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Oleg Artemyev and NASA astronaut Anne McClain.
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