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The first cargo spacecraft of the new series Progress MS is sent to final integration with the launch vehicle

December 17, 2015

Today, December 17, the first cargo transportation spacecraft of the new series Progress MS developed and built by RSC Energia was transported as a part of the upper composite to the site where it will be integrated with the launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1.

The transportation was done by rail. Final assembly operations are scheduled for December 18 (Friday) in the launch vehicle processing facility with the framework of preparations for a launch under the International Space Station (ISS) Program.

Taking part in the activities at Baikonur launch site are specialists from RSC Energia and other leading companies in the rocket and space industry involved in the development and processing of the Soyuz-2.1/Progress MS stack.

The launch of launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1 carrying the Progress-MS logistics spacecraft is scheduled for December 21 from Area 31 of the Baikonur launch site. This will be the first launch of a transportations spacecraft belonging to the new series “MS”.

The upgraded cargo spacecraft will deliver to the ISS about 2.5 tons of cargo, including dry cargo, propellant, water and compressed oxygen.

The new-series transportation spacecraft Progress MS and Soyuz MS were developed as a result of a radical upgrade of Progress M and Soyuz TMA spacecraft.

Most of the engineering solutions incorporated into the design of Soyuz MS and Progress MS spacecraft will be used in the design of the new-generation Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS), which is currently under development at RSC Energia.

 

Joint Stock Company 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 Solntsev.

 

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