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RSC Energia: Cargo Vehicle Progress -05 was launched to the ISS

February 22, 2016

Today, on February 22, new-series transport cargo vehicle (TCV) Progress -05 developed and manufactured by RSC Energia was successfully put into low Earth orbit by launch vehice Soyuz-U and is headed for the International Space Station (ISS).

On February 22, 2017 at 08:58:33 Moscow time the launch vehicle with the cargo spacecraft was launched from Site No.1 (Gagarins launch pad) of the Baikonur cosmodrome. According to telemetry data, the vehicle separation from the third stage of the launch vehicle occurred on schedule. The deployment of antennas and solar array panels was detected. The vehicle was taken under control and started a classical four-orbit rendezvous with the ISS.

The automatic docking of the cargo vehicle to the docking compartment (DC1) Pirs of the ISS is scheduled on February 24, 2017 at 11:34 3 min Moscow time. The final approach will be monitored by Russian cosmonauts Sergey RYZHIKOV and Oleg NOVITSKIY.

Progress -05 will deliver to the ISS 1326 kg of dry cargo, 600 kg of propellant in the refueling system tanks, 420 kg of water in Rodnik systems tanks, as well as 52 kg of bottled compressed oxygen. The vehicle launch mass was 7279 kg.

The cargo vehicle is carrying various life support equipment for SM Zvezda, including filters for gas analytical hardware water supply system, harmful contaminants devices, electric heater, absorbents and other auxiliary cargo items.

Packages, food ration containers and selections of fresh produce were prepared for the crewmembers. Among the sanitary hygienic support are napkins, towels, underwear sets, space coveralls. Medical kits for replacing expired medicinal preparations are provided for. The medical kits contain prophylactic and anti-inflammatory drugs, means preventing an adverse effect of weightlessness, as well as other drugs and nutritional supplements.

Sets of onboard data files, batteries and data media for video and photo equipment, portable player, consumables for scientific and experiment equipment (biological, biomedical investigations and space biotechnological experiments), onboard system maintenance and repair equipment, as well as individual protective gear, including spacecraft Orlan-ISS will be delivered to the ISS.

A new-generation spacesuit Orlan-ISS produced by NPP Zvezda is designed for extravehicular activity of the cosmonauts and is equipped with the automatic thermal control system. Its rubber pressure envelopes are replaced with polyurethane ones. This made their lifetime half as much again. At present no more than 15 EVAs can be performed in the Russian spacesuits, but Orlan-ISS is suitable for up to 20 EVAs. The spacesuit brains, i.e. the computer and operating program have been also changed. The computer tests the spacesuit by 50 parameters and displays them on the liquid-crystal display.

Progress -05 will also deliver 159 kg of US hardware, in particular the onboard data files, provisions and packages for the crew.

Transport cargo vehicle Progress S is intended to deliver dry cargo, propellant components, water and gas supplies to the International Space Station (ISS), perform dynamic operations within the Station using its own thrusters, as well as dispose waste and used equipment from the Station. The additional tasks of the vehicle comprise performance of space experiments in a free flight and flight testing of the onboard systems and their elements.

The new-series spacecraft Progress MS and Soyuz MS is a result of a radical upgrade of Progress M and Soyuz TMA spacecraft. The onboard command radio system Kvant-B was replaced with an integrated command and telemetry system with an additional telemetry channel. The new command radio link receives signals via relay satellites Luch-5, thanks to which the radio coverage zone for the spacecraft was significantly increased up to 70% of an orbit. The spacecraft are equipped with an advanced onboard radio system for rendezvous and docking Kurs-NA. Instead of the analog TV system Klyost, the spacecraft uses a digital TV system. The onboard equipment of the Soyuz MS and Progress MS series spacecraft includes a new Digital Backup Loop Control Unit developed by RSC Energia, an upgraded Rate Sensor Unit BDUS-3A and a LED headlight SFOK. Thanks to the use of the new ground and onboard radio systems, it became possible to use state-of-the-art data transmission protocols, which resulted in improved operational stability of the spacecraft control system.

 

RSC Energia is the leader in the rocket and space industry, and the prime contractor for manned space systems. The Corporation conducts work on the development of unmanned space and rocket systems (launch vehicles and orbital transfer vehicles), and high-technology systems for various non-space applications. Since August 2014, the Corporation is headed by Vladimir Lvovich Solntsev.

SC ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation that was established in August 2015 to implement a comprehensive reform of the Russian rocket-and-space industry. State Corporation ROSCOSMOS ensures the implementation of the Russian governments space program and its legal regulation. ROSCOSMOS is also placing orders for the development, manufacture and supply of space equipment and space infrastructure objects. The state corporation is also responsible for international space cooperation and arranging conditions for the future use of results of space activities in the social and economic development of Russia.