The new Russian module for the International Space Station has successfully completed complex factory tests. Ahead is the regular preparation of the product for launch.
The promising module "Science" for the Russian segment of the ISS has passed a key stage of testing, and now it can begin to be prepared directly for launch. This was reported by TASS with reference to the Russian space agency.
“Summing up the results of the meeting (held on Tuesday. - Ed.), The Council of Chief Designers announced the successful completion of the stage of complex factory tests of the Nauka module and issued a positive conclusion on the regular preparation of the product for launch,” the statement from Roskosmos said. ".
The meeting was attended by representatives of Energia, the Khrunichev Center, ESA (European Space Agency), as well as the Mission Control Center and the ISS Russian Segment Flight Control Operational Group.
Science is the seventeenth module for the International Space Station. This is one of the largest modules in the history of the ISS and one of the most important space projects in modern Russia. After the American Destiny, the European Columbus and the Japanese Kibo, this will be the fourth scientific module for the orbital station.
The new Russian module has an extremely long and complex history. They wanted to launch it using the Proton launch vehicle back in 2007, but then a series of difficulties and postponements followed. They were related both to the lack of funds and technical problems of the module, and to the need to change its purpose.
According to the latest data, the new launch date for "Science" was set on July 15, 2021. The launch will be carried out from the Baikonur cosmodrome using the Proton-M launch vehicle. You can watch the broadcast on our website.
The module received a wide range of various scientific equipment and crew life support systems. In particular, it was equipped with a bathroom, a port for docking spacecraft, equipment for pumping fuel from Progress tanks to the station, an ISS attitude control system by roll using engines, a complex for providing the crew with oxygen, a device for regenerating water from urine and a cabin for the third member. crew.
Despite the planned launch of "Science", Russia and the ISS are waiting for a "divorce": in the foreseeable future, the country will withdraw from the program and begin to build a national orbital station. You can read about whether this is possible and what prospects the undertaking has in our recent material.