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Servicemen of the search and rescue and paratrooper service (PS and PDS) of the Central Military District (CVO) arrived in the operational areas and took duty in the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan to ensure the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome with the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-17.

To ensure the launch of the carrier rocket, more than 150 rescue specialists were relocated to the operational areas of duty, an aviation group: eight Mi-8 helicopters, three An-26 aircraft and one An-12 aircraft; 18 units of ground vehicles, including four modernized search and recovery vehicles FEM-1 and FEM-2 “Blue Bird”.

During the flight of the 64th expedition to the International Space Station, military rescuers will be on duty in the settlements of Uprun, Gorno-Altaisk, Kyzyl, Yekaterinburg and on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Karaganda, Baikonur, Zhezkazgan and Arkalyk.

The launch of the new expedition to the ISS is scheduled for October 14, 2020 at 08:45 Moscow time. The prime crew of Soyuz MS-17 includes Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins. The backup crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Peter Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai.

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