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ISS EO-18


Crew: Lonchakov, Fincke. Six-month, long-term, resident crew of the International Space Station. Backup crew: Padalka, Barratt.

Six-month, long-term, resident crew of the International Space Station.

The mission of the EO-18 mission was as follows:

  • Launch of two crew members of the EO-18 expedition (Russian cosmonaut Yu V Lonchakov and NASA astronaut M Fincke) and one space tourist EP-15 (R Garriott, USA) on board the Soyuz TMA-13 spacecraft on ISS mission 17S
  • Soyuz TMA-13 docking to the instrument compartment of the Zvezda Service Module (SM IC)
  • Servicing operations and loading, followed by separation of the Soyuz TMA-12 spacecraft (with the EO-17 crew and Garriott aboard) from the Zarya FGB
  • Servicing operations for Space Shuttle Mission STS-126 / ISS-ULF-2. Exchange of the NASA EO-17 crew member (Chamitoff) for the NASA EO-18 crew member brought up aboard STS-126 (Magnus)
  • Servicing operations for the Progress M-66 docking to Zvezda SM IC and its unloading
  • Servicing operations for ProgressM-65, followed by its loading and separation from the Pirs docking compartment (DC1)
  • Servicing operations for Progress M-02M and unloading after its docking to Pirs DC1
  • Servicing operations for Space Shuttle Mission STS-119 / ISS-15A and its docking. Exchange of NASA EO-18 crew member Magnus for NASDA astronaut Wakata.
  • Servicing operations for Progress M-66, its loading and separation from Zvezda SM IC
  • Performance of extravehicular activity - one Russian EVA to the ISS Russian segment
  • Station maintenance;
  • Implementation of scientific applied research and experiments: (SVS, Crystallizator, Relaksatsia, Uragan, Impuls, Vsplesk, Sonocard, Pilot, Dykhanie, Pnevmocard, Biorisk, Rastenia, Matroshka-R, Diatomeya, Rusalka, Glidoproteid, Mimetik-K, KAF, Vaktsina-K, Lactolen, ARIL, OCHB, Biotrek, Conjugatsia, Biodegradatsia, Bioemulsiya, Interleukin-K, Zhenshen-2, Antigen, Vektor-T, Izgib, Identifikatsiya, Sreda MKS, Bar, Ekon, Plasma-MKS, Expert, Plasma-Progress, Ten'-Mayak, Plasma crystal, BTN-Neutron, Fizika-Obrazovanie, MATI-75, MAI-75), as well contract commercial activities (GTS-2, EXPOSE-R)
  • Servicing operations for Soyuz TMA-14 with the EO-19 crew and third seater EP-16.
  • Implementation of the GTA project experiments aboard the station during the EP-16 mission
  • Crew handover to the EO-19 expedition and return of two crew members of the EO-18 expedition and the EP-16 participant on board the Soyuz TMA-13 manned vehicle.

AKA: Soyuz TMA-13; Titan.
First Launch: 2008.10.12.
Last Launch: 2009.04.08.
Duration: 178.01 days.

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Associated People
  • Padalka Padalka, Gennadi Ivanovich (1958-) Russian pilot cosmonaut. Flew on Mir EO-26, ISS EO-9, ISS EO-19. 585 cumulative days in space. More...
  • Barratt Barratt, Michael Reed (1959-) American physician mission specialist astronaut, 2000-on. More...
  • Lonchakov Lonchakov, Yuri Valentinovich (1965-) Russian pilot cosmonaut. Flew on STS-100, ISS EP-4, ISS EO-18. Air Defence Force More...
  • Fincke Fincke, Edward Michael 'Mike' (1967-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS EO-9, ISS EO-18, STS-134. 381 cumulative days in space. More...

See also
Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

ISS EO-18 Chronology


2008 October 12 - . 07:01 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz FG. LV Configuration: Soyuz FG s/n 1736.
2008 November 15 - . 00:55 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-126 / OV-105 / ET-129 / RSRM-04.
  • STS-126 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Ferguson; Boe; Pettit; Bowen; Stefanyshyn-Piper; Kimbrough; Magnus. Return Crew: Ferguson; Boe; Pettit; Bowen; Stefanyshyn-Piper; Kimbrough; Magnus. Payload: Endeavour F22 / MPLM-1 / ULF-2. Mass: 116,500 kg (256,800 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ferguson; Boe; Pettit; Bowen; Stefanyshyn-Piper; Kimbrough; Magnus. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-126; ISS EO-18; ISS EO-17-1; ISS EO-18-1. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 15.85 days. Decay Date: 2008-11-30 . USAF Sat Cat: 33441 . COSPAR: 2008-059A. Apogee: 352 km (218 mi). Perigee: 344 km (213 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.50 min. ISS resupply and internal outfitting flight, docked at the Harmony module of the sation at 22:01 GMT on 16 November. The Leonardo module contained 6956 kg of cargo, mainly devoted to allowing a future full ISS crew of six: two crew quarters racks, a Galley rack, a Waste and Hygiene Compartment rack, two Water Recovery System racks, an experiment rack, a Combustion integration rack, and miscellaneous supplies in three Resupply Stowage Racks and six Resupply Stowage Platforms. On 17 November at 17:09 GMT the ISS robot arm moved the Leonardo module from the shuttle's payload bay to the Harmony module nadir port for unloading. The mission also rotated the ISS long-term NASA crew member, replacing Chamitoff with Magnus. Four spacewalks were conducted, primarily to repair a broken ISS Solar Array Rotary Joint.

    The unloaded Leonardo module was returned to the shuttle bay on 26 November. The shuttle undocked from the ISS at 14:47 GMT on 28 November. The next day, at 20:33 GMT, it released a 7 kg PicoSat Solar Cell Testbed Experiment, a prototype for a later picosat mission to geostationary transfer orbit to study degradation of solar cells while passing through the earth's radiation belts.

    Following two wave-offs for a Kennedy Space Center landing due to weather, Endeavour made its 89 m/s deorbit maneuver at 20:19 on 29 November, and landed at Runway 04L/22R at Edwards AFB at 21:25 GMT.

    Cargo Manifest, Total = 17,370 kg:

    • Bay 1-2: Orbiter Docking System = 1800 kg + EMUs 3005 and 3011 = 260 kg
    • Bay 3 Port: APC/SPDU = 100 kg
    • Bay 3 Starboard: APC/SSPL Picosat launcher = 50 kg + PSSC Picosats = 7 kg
    • Bay 7 Starboard: ROEU 751 umbilical = 50 kg
    • Bay 7-12: Leonardo (MPLM-1) = 12748 kg
    • Bay 13: Lightweight MPESS Carrier (LMC)= 1495 kg
    • Sill: RMS 201 = 410 kg + OBSS = 450 kg

2008 November 18 - .
  • EVA STS-126-1 - . Crew: Stefanyshyn-Piper; Bowen. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.29 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Stefanyshyn-Piper; Bowen. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-126; ISS EO-18. Summary: The crew began the multi-EVA process of repair and lubrication of the errant Solar Alpha Rotary Joint. A 14-kg tool bag floated away and could not be recovered, but the work could be completed with spare tools..

2008 November 20 - .
  • EVA STS-126-2 - . Crew: Stefanyshyn-Piper; Kimbrough. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.28 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Stefanyshyn-Piper; Kimbrough. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-126; ISS EO-18. Summary: The crew moved two equipment carts from the starboard to the port side of the ISS Mobile Transporter, and then continued work on the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint..

2008 November 22 - .
2008 November 22 - .
  • EVA STS-126-4 - . Crew: Bowen; Kimbrough. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.25 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowen; Kimbrough. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-126; ISS EO-18. Summary: The crew completed repair of the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint, and then installed a television camera and GPS receiver in preparation for a future docking of the Japanese HTV resupply craft..

2008 November 26 - . 12:38 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U. LV Configuration: Soyuz 11A511U s/n 1738.
  • Progress M-01M - . Payload: Progress M s/n 401. Mass: 7,290 kg (16,070 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-18; ISS EO-18-1. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 74.00 days. Decay Date: 2009-02-08 . USAF Sat Cat: 33443 . COSPAR: 2008-060A. Apogee: 362 km (224 mi). Perigee: 352 km (218 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.70 min. Summary: ISS resupply spacecraft, a modernized version of Progress with a digital control system, docked at the Pirs port of the station on 30 November..

2008 December 23 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-18-1 - . Crew: Lonchakov; Fincke. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.23 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Lonchakov; Fincke. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-18. Summary: The crew installed a Langmuir probe on the Pirs module and returned the Biorisk cannister from the Zvezda module. An Expose-R experiment failed to activate and was removed and returned to the airlock.

2009 February 10 - . 05:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC31. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U. LV Configuration: Soyuz 11A511U s/n 1740.
  • Progress M-66 - . Mass: 7,250 kg (15,980 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RKA. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-18; ISS EO-18-1. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 97.00 days. Decay Date: 2009-05-18 . USAF Sat Cat: 33593 . COSPAR: 2009-006A. Apogee: 357 km (221 mi). Perigee: 342 km (212 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.50 min. Summary: ISS resupply. Docked with the ISS at 07:18 GMT on 13 February. Undocked at 15:18 on 6 May and destroyed over the Pacific on 18 May..

2009 March 10 - .
  • EVA ISS EO-18-2 - . Crew: Lonchakov; Fincke. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.20 days. Nation: USA; Russia. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-18. Summary: The crew installed the EXPOSE-R onto the universal science platform of the Zvezda module, removed tape straps from the area of the docking target on the Pirs airlock and docking compartment, inspected and photographed the exterior of the Russian module..

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