The Soyuz MS-19 manned spacecraft, carrying cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild and film director Klim Shipenko, has made an autonomous flight to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
It is specified that the Soyuz-2.1a rocket was launched today, on October 5, from the 31st site of Baikonur at 11.55 am Moscow time. The meeting with the ISS takes place according to a two-turn scheme and takes about 3 hours and 17 minutes. Docking with the ISS Prichal module is scheduled for 15.12 pm Moscow time.
The actress and film director are flying to the ISS to shoot a space drama about a female doctor who flies into orbit to save the life of a cosmonaut. Real Russian cosmonauts, Shkaplerov, Oleg Novitsky, and Pyotr Dubrov, will also take part in the filming. As stated, the training of the actress and director at the Cosmonaut Training Centre has been held since May of this year.
During this time, they have undergone technical, physical, psychological and other types of training. In total, Peresild and Shipenko will spend 12 days in orbit and return to Earth together with the cosmonaut Novitsky, who has been on the ISS since April.