According to a knowledgeable source, the promising Russian module "Science" for the ISS has discovered new technical problems. Experts do not consider them fatal and do not plan a new launch postponement.
The module for the ISS "Nauka" has long turned into one of the main "long-term construction" of the rocket and space industry. One of the reasons is technical problems. As it became known, new problems have now been discovered on board the module.
However, they should not affect his fate. “There are remarks to Nauka, but they are all removable, there are no fatal remarks. There are some comments on electrics and construction, but there are relatively few of them,”said an informed source.
It is important to note that, according to him, the launch is still scheduled for April 30: earlier, July was called the month of launch. According to another source, the exact date of the launch of "Science" has yet to be determined.
Earlier, the Russian space agency reported that "Science" has passed 80% of checks on the territory of Baikonur. The engineers, among other things, tested the television communication system and the antenna feeder of the television system, as well as the TV circuits and encoders. The specialists tested the temperature control system kits, the components of the propulsion system, the module's motion and navigation control system, as well as the elements of the fuel system.
Nauka means a lot to the Russian segment of the ISS. With an approximately ten-year resource, the module will ensure the operation of the Russian segment of the station until 2030.
The module will provide new, broader opportunities for conducting scientific and applied research and experiments. The commissioning of Nauka will also provide the Russian segment of the ISS with additional space, where it will be possible to equip workplaces, store cargo and place equipment for the regeneration of water and oxygen.
Recently, the domestic segment of the ISS is increasingly faced with all sorts of technical problems. Experts do not believe that they can pose a threat to the lives and health of the crew members of the station, but the difficulties once again force us to talk about the state of the Russian equipment.
As a reminder, it became known the day before that one of the air conditioning systems, SKV-2, was launched on the Russian segment of the ISS. The second, SKV-1, continued to operate normally.
Last fall, specialists were looking for an air leak in the intermediate chamber of the Zvezda module. Also in October there was a smoke pollution of the equipment.