On September 17, 2020, Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins took a scheduled ‘typical flight day’ training using the International Space Station Russian segment simulator. The expected total flight duration of the ISS-64 long-term expedition is to reach 186 days.
Prior to the half-a-year trip to the low-Earth orbit the cosmonauts and astronauts need to get acquainted with the rhythm of work and life at the station, spend a typical workday, precisely following the sequence and instructions in case of emergencies and non-nominal situations. Moreover, this kind of training allows estimating effectiveness of the crew’s teamwork.
Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov started the training with reporting on health conditions of the crew and the status of the Russian segment. After that, the cosmonauts followed the usual workday sequence including scientific research, segment systems maintenance and repair. The crew also registered false smoke alarm simulated in one of the modules.
Kathleen Rubins joined the crew during the second part of the day to practice her knowledge of the Russian segment systems she will work with during the mission. The ‘workday’ schedule also included training the life support systems operation and performing daily activities. During the training, the crew also practiced filming a TV address and coped with an unexpected ammonia discharge false alarm.
The emergencies are much unexpected at the station, so the instructors simulated one of the three possible emergencies, Russian segment depressurization at the end of the workday. In such an event, along with perfect skills the commander needs to properly estimate the situation and distinctly manage each crewmember actions. The instructors praised joint actions of the ISS-64 prime and backup crews both in emergencies and while performing nominal sequence.
On September 22 and September 23, 2020 he ISS-64 crews will take complex examinational training using the International Space Station Russian segment simulators and Soyuz MS crewed spacecraft.
The ISS-64 expedition crew includes Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, as well as NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins. Their backups are Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov, and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei. The Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft launch is scheduled for October 14, 2020.