“The special commission must make a decision on the possibility or impossibility of further use of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft to return cosmonauts to Earth,” the message reads.
Roscosmos noted that in the first case, in March 2023, a regular change of crews from the Russian segment of the ISS will take place, and in the second, the unmanned Soyuz MS-23 can be quickly prepared for launch to replace the Soyuz MS. -22.
“The Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft is located at the Baikonur Cosmodrome and has already passed part of the tests before the scheduled launch in March 2023,” the corporation explained.
In addition, the commission will have to make a decision on the further flight program of the Russian segment of the ISS.
Earlier, Roskosmos reported on the establishment of a possible place of damage to the skin of the Soyuz MS-22 – on the radiator of the cooling system near the solar battery check unit.
The ship’s hull was damaged on December 15, presumably due to a micrometeorite impact. As a result of the leak, the pressure in the cooling system finally dropped, and the interior temperature began to rise.