January 13, 2011. S.P. Korolev RSC Energia,
Korolev, Moscow Region
A meeting of the Corporation's Scientific and Technical Council was held at S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia to review conceptual designs of:
- Node Module (NM) of the Russian Segment (RS) of the International Space Station (ISS),
- cargo transportation spacecraft/module Progress M-NM to deliver NM to ISS,
- payload unit containing spacecraft/module Progress M-NM,
- adaptation of Soyuz launch vehicle for spacecraft/module Progress M-NM.
Presiding at the meeting was a first deputy general designer of RSC Energia, Chairman of the Scientific and Technical Council, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences V.P. Legostaev.
Taking part in the Scientific and Technical Council were the Corporation President and General Designer V.A. Lopota and First Vice President of the Corporation and first deputy general designer N.I. Zelenshchikov.
Having heard reports and statements from RSC Energia project managers and heads of scientific and technical centers, representatives of the RSC Energia Experimental Machine-building Plant, Central Research Institute for Machine-building (TsNIIMash) and other participants in the conceptual design efforts, and having reviewed and discussed these results, the Scinetific and Technical Council has decided to approve presented materials.
NM is being developed by RSC Energia in order to support the docking to ISS RS of two scientific and power modules during the final stage of the segment assembly and to provide on this segment additional docking ports to receive Soyuz TMA and Progress M spacecraft.
The module can be docked with the Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) developed by RSC Energia in cooperation with leading companies in the industry. NM and MLM are to be incorporated into ISS in 2012.
NM mass is 4 tons, the pressurized cabin volume is 14 cubic meters.