Launches of manned and cargo spacecraft to International Space Station
"Soyuz" launch vehicles are the only means of injecting manned spacecraft and cargo spacecraft into orbit to support long-term operation of space stations. In particular, 31 manned spacecraft and 64 cargo spacecraft were launched to "Mir" station from 1986 to 2001.
Successful "Soyuz" launch vehicle launches according to the piloted program confirm that they are the most safe and reliable means of cosmonauts and cargos delivery into space orbit.
At the present time "Soyuz-FG" launch vehicles provide "Soyuz-TMA" manned spacecraft and "Progress-M1" cargo spacecraft launches to the International space station.
In connection with American "Columbia" space shuttle accident requirement in Russian launch vehicles has increased.