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Soyuz TMA-16 Prelaunch Operations Continue. / September 8, 2009 /

Prelaunch processing of the Soyuz TMA-16 crew vehicle continue at Baikonur.
By this time, the vehicle has successfully passed through the leak test carried out by Russian space industrial experts. Now the Soyuz is installed in the test bench for further testing.
In parallel, Kurs docking monitoring system of the Progress M-03M cargo vehicle undergoes tests in the same integration facility.
Soyuz TMA-16 commanded by Maxim Suraev, with US Jeff Williams and Canadian spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte aboard, is planned for launch under ISS program on Sept. 30.
Progress M-03M is to be launched in mid October.

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