1 Oct 2018 16:11

Russian cosmonauts to take 4 spacewalks in 2019 - source

MOSCOW. Oct 1 (Interfax) - Russian cosmonauts are planning to conduct four spacewalks in 2019, a source in the Russian aerospace industry told Interfax.

"Russian cosmonauts face challenging missions in 2019. Aside from everything else, they're planning four spacewalks under the extravehicular activities program," the source said.

Most of these spacewalks should take place in the second half of the year, the source said. "One of the spacewalks is planned for May, the next for August, and then two in December," the source said.

Three Russian manned spacecraft will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2019. "The launches of the Russian Soyuz MS spacecraft [...] are scheduled for April 5, July 24, and October 8," the source said.

Russia also plans to launch three Progress cargo spacecraft in 2019."The Progress MS-11 cargo spacecraft will lift off from Baikonur to the ISS on February 8, the Progress MS-12 on June 5, and the Progress MS-13 on December 4," the source said.