Russian cosmonauts used tablet when launching spacecraft

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If the experiment is a success, in future it is planned to give up using paper board instructions

The “Soyuz TMA-16M” crew during the flight to the International Space Station used a tablet for the first time in the Russian cosmonautics history. This information was given by the website of RSC Energia that manufactures spacecraft and space station components.

“All the necessary information for the crew was put into the tablet memory. The astronauts got the complete electronical set of on-board documentation, the flight program and ballistic information on dynamic operations. The software developers provided easy navigation and hyperlinks to help cosmonauts find the required data quickly,” says the press release.

The company specified that the purpose for tablet use was to check technical characteristics and software for other spacecraft crews. “If the experiment is a success, in future it is planned to give up using paper board instructions when launching spacecrafts,” underlines the message.

The “Soyuz TMA-16M” was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome on March 27 and on March 28 it delivered to the ISS another expedition crew – Russians Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko and American Scott Kelly. Korniyenko and Kelly will stay on the orbit about a year.

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