THE SOYUZ LANDING EXPEDITION PROGRAM
Next landing expedition bookable: Soyuz MS-06 - March 2018 (TBD)
The landing of Soyuz isn't up to be compared with a normal tour program, because we are dealing here with human space flight. A travel to Kazakhstan from the countryside of the view is a mind blowing event, too. You will sit in a 4-wheel drive car and for hours and hours you will drive through no-man's land. Then, after a time you will be at the landing area where you will have an overnight stay. This could be bad our good, it is only influenced by the weather at the season time. Landings in May and September could be very nice, landings in March and November also, but could be heavy in regards of weather situations. We recommend to you, if you want to join a very special tour the landings in May or September. Of course, we aren't able to predict the weather in general.
Also you have to understand: shortly upfront your voyage it can come to scrubbings or delays of landing dates. We know this sometimes weeks before, but it can also happen that the landing will be postponed for one day, when you are at location! This is a very thrilling adventure beside the ride at location through the country side of Kazakhstan. But people who join us (so far no postponements or scrubbing's) say: It is still worth the attempt, because to see Soyuz with the 3 spaceman coming back from space is an awesome experience!
Flights to Moscow (airport tbd)
Meetings with the tour guides, later in the day flight from Moscow to Kazakhstan. (Flight time & destination is related to the predicted landing area).
Arrival in Karaganda at 05:10 (local time +3 hours Moscow Time).
Breakfast at hotel.
Then admissions into the program of the next few days and introduction of the mission. Safety briefings and instruction on the behaviour at the landing site.
Lunch at the hotel
Afternoon rest time or time for independent sightseeing of the city Karaganda.
Dinner at the hotel.
Breakfast at hotel.
Then you will have the chance to be at press conference of the rescue and recovery teams. (this part is tbd and depends on local decisions).
Lunch at the hotel.
Ca. 24 hours before the landing will occur, you will be board a comfortable 4-wheel drive car and the trek to the landing site will start.
In general, we will start with the jeep tour, and this tour is unique in the world. Depending on the time of landing (we must be about 5 hours before landing at the meeting point with the rescue team), the Jeep-caravan is in motion perpendicular to the 450 miles through the desert towards the landing area.
After about 5 - 6 hours we will meet the rescue team at a selected position, and move together across the steppe to the landing point. That this is a special adventure that can only be compared with a ralley. Because of the landing what is still ahead of the next day in the morning, you will have a special evening in the mid of nowhere, somewhere in Kazakhstan. You will have a sleep in the car, and we will hope that you will find time to sleep. With one eye and with one ear you are awake, because the decision can be made that the landing will occur earlier.
Wake up in the steppe. A very special breakfast will be cooked and you will feel very special.
Then you will see some actions of the landing teams and the level of alert will raise up. With a big boom above you the homecoming of the Soyuz descent capsule will be initiated. The big landing parachute will be deployed in a altitude of around 10 km and the speed of the capsule will be decreasing! Think about: from a speed of 28.000 km/h to a speed of 36 km/h in only 8 minutes!
Observation of the re-entry of the Soyuz capsule. Travel by jeep to the landing point of the capsule. You can watch the recovery of the cosmonauts out of the Soyuz capsule only 2 m in distance!
Attending to the recovery of the Cosmonauts and the following routines. After medical and psychological check ups, the cosmonauts will be transported by helicopter to Karaganda.
You will have the opportunity to watch the pickup of the capsule on a truck, long time after the cosmonauts left the landing site. Then you will make yourselves back on the jeeps towards Karaganda (or other location) where we arrive late in the evening (return flight MI-8 helicopter is possible but will be decided on location) If we are brought back to MI-8 helicopters, we will be watching the welcome ceremony if we will hit the time. But this all depends only on time.
Dinner at the hotel.
Resting time. Farewelldinner in the hotel.
Early check out of the hotel, transportation to the airport.
Backflight to Moscow. Arrival (expected 08:35 Moscow time) at the airport Domodedevo.
Then return flight to your home destination, or doing with us together another program!
Price: Please send us a request and we will give you a personal offer. Group expedition, min 5 people.
*The given time schedule could be changed. Landing of Soyuz TMA-18M is scheduled for March 16, 2016 - tbd,
- All domestic flights Moscow - Karaganda - Moscow.
- Guides site (English/Russian).
- 3(4) nights full board at the respective landing sites in Baikonur / Arkalik, Astana or Karaganda.
- Transport to and from the landing sites with 4-Wheel Drive vehicles (mission and decision-dependent).
- (Depending on mission and landing) on site inspection tours.
- Attending from landing at the various landing places (Baikonur / Arkalik, Astana, Karaganda region or region).
- Support program by Space Affairs.
- Visa Assistance.
- Certificate of attendance at the landing.
- All meals on site including Farewell dinner on the last night (no alcohol).
- Individual support by staff of SPACE AFFAIRS.
Suggested add-on program:
You are in Moscow, and if you are in Moscow you should think about to see world legendary Star City. Star City is located 35 km in north east direction of Moscow and there is the legendary Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and the Yuri Gagarin Museum! It's a must to see this special facilities there where the history of human space flight began!
We are pleased to make you an additional offer for a longer stay of minimum of 2 days in addition to the Soyuz Landing Expedition program. The add-on could only be done directly afterwards or before the landing trip in combination with the landing expedition if there are no weekend days involved. Of course you can also have a very pleasant time in Moscow until the sightseeing of Star City could be done! We will be glad with assisting in all of that possibilities!
The landing of the Soyuz can often move ahead or can be postponed, landing sites can vary. You need to prove very flexible if you want to experience this tour. We unfortunately have to point out that it is not to be guaranteed with absoluty certainty, that you will see the landing. It is dependent on many factors, what we can’t influence. We are doing everything that you attend at the landing.
You need a double entry visa for Russia and a Visa for Kazakhstan. We are assist you for receiving the visa for this trip.
Contact us directly for asking your questions and send us a mail to info[at]space-affairs.com in regards of "Soyuz Landing Program". You can use also our request form.
Program executed by: Roskosmos, Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center, Space Affairs
SPACE AFFAIRS Soyuz landing expeditions 2017 (planned)
Soyuz MS-02 - April 10, 2017 - Mission accomplished!
Soyuz MS-03 - June 3, 2017 - Mission accomplished
Soyuz MS-04 - September 3, 2017- Mission accomplished
Souyz MS-05 - December 14, 2017- (TBD - not suggested to go to the landing site in December, only for the 'hard ones'!)