Since Russia is going to send only 2 people crew to the ISS for a while, I wonder how will they adapt the spacecraft.

Do they remove the 3rd seat ? Can they put extra cargo on theses flights ?


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MS-04 has been launched with 3 seats. The 3rd seat will be needed when MS-04 returns to Earth with 3 crewmembers (the third is Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson).

For launch, the empty seat on Soyuz MS-04 will be filled by a cargo container.

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    $\begingroup$ Bonus point for a picture of the cargo :) $\endgroup$
    – Antzi
    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:16
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    $\begingroup$ The DLR_next Twitter account also posted some images from the flight where you can see the inside of the capsule. I love these high-tech acceleration indicators (plush dog) :-) $\endgroup$
    – DarkDust
    Apr 20, 2017 at 10:39

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