Before the launch of manned spacecraft Soyuz MS is 3 days. The booster and the vehicle already on the launch pad of the Baikonur cosmodrome. The tests shall take place even during the flight of spacecraft to the ISS.
At the Baikonur cosmodrome began the final phase of preflight preparations to send the 47th crew to the ISS. Engineers have completed Assembly and testing of spacecraft "Soyuz MS". Huge construction with a length of 49 meters and a weight of 313 tons on a special train and cargo platforms slowly transported from the Assembly-test facility to the launch pad. The rocket was installed on the legendary Gagarin's start. It into Earth orbit will go Russian cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin, Japanese astronaut Takui Onishi and American Kathleen Rubens. The crew will fly to the first ship of a new series of MS, what do you mean "upgraded system". Externally, "the Union" has not changed, but the e-filling new.
Now the ship can determine its position relative to the ISS, getting the information about the coordinates, time and speed information from the satellites, and not only from MCC. Significantly upgraded engines docking and orientation. Now control of the ship when docking with the station and return to Earth greatly simplified. All new system "Union MS" repeatedly checked by engineers on the Ground. But the test vehicle will continue during the flight, so the way to orbit for the crew of Anatoly Ivanishin will take the usual 6 hours, and as much as 2 days. The start is scheduled for July 7 at 4.51 GMT.