The multifunctional space relay System (MSRS) "Loutch" successfully completed the target tasks during the launch and docking of the "Soyuz MS-19 manned transport vehicle (MTV) with the Russian segment of the ISS. "Soyuz MS-19" spacecraft delivered into orbit a crew consisting of Roscosmos cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov and participants of the space flight - film director Klim Shipenko and actress Yulia Peresild, who will shoot unique footage of the feature film "Challenge" on board the ISS — the world's first feature film, which will be shot in space.
After the "Soyuz MS-19" spacecraft left the radio visibility zone of ground communications (the 11th minute of the flight), the transmission of telemetry and command information from the spacecraft was carried out by means of the MSRS "Loutch" (operator JSC "Satellite System "Gonets" , part of the ROSCOSMOS State Corporation). For these purposes, the channels of the "Loutch-5A" and "Loutch-5B" spacecraft, onboard equipment installed on the spacecraft, and ground infrastructure were used. The duty shifts performed the tasks of planning and monitoring the relay sessions in the normal mode.
Photo: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky