MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The aviation and ground forces of the search and rescue group of the Central Military District (CVD) were put in readiness No. 1 to ensure the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-17 manned spacecraft from the Baikonur cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Aviation and ground search and rescue, engineering and technical teams and brigades of military medics are located along the flight path of the Soyuz, alerted No. 1 and ready for immediate action. In operational areas on the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan, the safety of the launch of the spacecraft is ensured by more than 150 military personnel of the Central Military District, eight Mi-8 helicopters, three An-26 aircraft and one An-12 aircraft, 18 units of ground vehicles, including four modernized search – evacuation machines FEM-1 and FEM-2 “Blue bird”.
In the area of the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-17 manned spacecraft, at the Baikonur cosmodrome, favorable weather is observed: simple meteorological conditions, the air temperature is about six degrees above zero and the visibility is over 10 kilometers.
As part of the Soyuz MS-17 crew, Roskosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov, Sergei Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins will go into orbit. The backup crew consists of Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Peter Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai.
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