On the International Space Station, the Electron-VM oxygen production system has failed in the Russian Orbital Segment. It launched from Baikonur cosmodrome and had Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov and NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins on board.
The journey marks the first time a Soyuz crew has taken the fast-track, two-orbit rendezvous path to the space station.
About two hours after docking, hatches between the Soyuz and the station will open, and they will join Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy of NASA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner, who have been aboard the complex since April.
As per reports, this is also being reported as the last Russian flight to carry a USA crew member.
Speaking at a pre-launch press conference on Tuesday, Rubins did not directly reference the SpaceX flight when asked how she felt to be on board during a new era in space exploration. "We made PCR tests twice and we also made three times antigen fast tests". "We'll continue to train crews over here and we're going to have cosmonauts come to the Johnson Space Center and train".
In November, Rubins, Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov are expected to greet NASA's SpaceX first operational Crew Dragon mission, which is bringing NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon vehicle. It follows a successful Demo-2 mission earlier this year.
The emergence of private players SpaceX and Boeing - part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program - has fuelled talk of a new "space race" between a number of countries.
According to an article by NASA, the Expedition 64 crew will actually conduct research especially in tech development, biology, Earth science, human research, and even more.