Don-Soyuz TMA and Don-Soyuz TMA2 special-purpose simulators

The special purpose simulators of the Soyuz vehicle rendezvous and docking (Don-Soyuz TMA and Don-Soyuz TMA2) are aimed at acquiring and practicing cosmonaut skills in controlling transport spacecraft and its systems while rendezvous, berthing, flying-around, docking and undocking as well as exercising emergency evacuation of ISS crew aboard two vehicles simultaneously (simulators work together). Crews may monitor the situation outside the vehicle through all optical and television monitoring assets while training in Don-Soyuz simulators, including a blister illuminator of a habitation module for the purpose of training flight-engineer to work with the detachable equipment during simulating far phase of manual rendezvous with ISS.

Each simulator comprises:

While training cosmonauts acquire the following skills: