At 03:38:32 UTC today, the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft successfully lifted off from the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Roscosmos Russian space agency reports.
After the ship’s separation from the third stage of the carrier rocket the Chief Operating Control Group of the Russian segment of the ISS took over the flight control.
The Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket inserted the spacecraft into the orbit with the minimum height above the Earth surface of 200 km, the maximum height above the Earth surface of 243 km, the orbit period of 88.64 min and the orbit inclination of 51.67 deg.
The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft approach to the station and its berthing to the Poisk research module is planned to be performed automatically under control of the Chief Operating Control Group of the Russian segment of the ISS at the Mission Control Center and Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexei Ovchinin and Alexander Skvortsov. The docking is scheduled at 05:30 UTC on August 24, 2019.
The spacecraft will deliver research equipment and food supplies, as well as the Skybot F-850 humanoid robot which will be tested under spaceflight conditions. When fully developed, the robot will be used for hazardous tasks onboard the spacecraft including spacewalks.