The Soyuz launch sequence explained


What are the parts of the Soyuz rocket? What are the stages into orbit? What is the launch sequence? Watch and find out. This video has been produced from an actual lesson delivered to the ESA astronaut class of 2009 (also known as the #Shenanigans09) during their ESA Basic Training in 2009-2010

This video is a joint production of the ESA Human Spaceflight & Operation Astronaut Training Division & Promotion Office

Note: Subtitles are available for English, Italian, Russian and German. Click on the caption button to choose.

Technical Experts: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin
Content Design: Stephane Ghiste, Dmitriy Churkin, Pascal Renten, Simon Trim, Matthew Day
Video Production & Editing: Pascal Renten, Simon Trim, Andrea Conigli
Narration Voice: Bernard Oattes
Project Co-ordination: Loredana Bessone, Matthew Day

Special Thanks to:

Massimo Sabbatini, Guillaume Weerts ESA Human Spaceflight & Operation Promotion Office
Martin Schweiger (for use of his Orbiter software:
Nikita Vtyurin, Andrew Thielmann (Orbiter Soyuz model)
Iacopo Baroncini (Soyuz model)
Joey P. Wade (Google Earth Soyuz models)

Watch Part 2: Soyuz rendezvous and docking explained

Watch Part 3: Soyuz undocking, reentry and landing explained

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  1. It's interesting watching this after the escape system proved itself invaluable a second time just over a year ago on Soyuz MS-10, when it saved three astronauts headed to the ISS. Scott Manley's video on the subject, "In Flight Camera Shows Damaged Sensor Destroyed Soyuz Rocket" explains it well.

  2. They don't reclaim the boosters?? those landing in the wild cant be good for the wildlife!? that's not good!? they need to go the spacex way and reuse them, or at least pick up the trash!? We cant keep doing this to our planet and not think there is a cost to the only place we live on, that's just insanity!

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