The new model of Soyuz Spacecraft is ready to blastoff this week to the International Space Station for a six month long mission.
The space craft crew will comprise of a Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, Satoshi Furukawa of Japan's JAXA space agency and NASA's astronaut Michael Fossum.
The Soyuz's new version was to be blasted off for the first time from Baikonur in October. The Russian space agency has made the spacecraft lighter and modern with which it can carry more cargo onboard.
NASA's representative to Russia, Patrick Buzzard said, “It's like if you compare a car or a vehicle from 10 years ago, the next generation of vehicles are going to be improved, more efficient and have more capability.”