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RSC Energia: the designer’s inspection of the Soyuz-MS spacecraft has been conducted

June 30, 2015

Today, on June, 30 RSC Energia (included in State Corporation ROSCOSMOS) specialists made the designer’s inspection of the first manned spacecraft of a new modification Soyuz MS and performed technological operations for the Soyuz FG launch vehicle encapsulation.

The spacecraft pre-launch processing under the International Space Station (ISS) Program is being conducted at the spacecraft assembly & testing facilities (SC ATF) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The launch of the first manned spacecraft of a new modification Soyuz MS carrying the crew of the next long-duration Expedition to the International Space Station is scheduled on July 7, 2016 at 04:36 Moscow Time from launch site No. 1 (Gagarin’s launch site) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The main crew includes a Roscosmos cosmonaut Anatoli IVANISHIN, a JAXA astronaut Takuya ONISHI and a NASA astronaut Kathleen RUBINS. The backup crew consists of Oleg NOVITSKY (spacecraft commander, ROSCOSMOS), Thomas PESQUET (flight engineer, ESA) and Peggy WHITSON (flight engineer-2, NASA).

Manned transport spacecraft Soyuz MS is intended to deliver crews consisting of up to three persons and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), as well as to return them to Earth. When staying on the ISS it also performs functions of a rescue vehicle and is maintained in constant readiness for the crew urgent descent to Earth.

The new modification spacecraft such as Progress MS and Soyuz MS are developed as a result of profound modernization of the Progress M and Soyuz TMA spacecraft. Onboard command radio system Kvant-V is replaced by a unified command and telemetry system with an additional telemetry channel. This new command radio link will provide the signal reception via radio relay satellites Luch 5; due to this fact the radio visibility zones of spacecraft will significantly increase – up to 70% of the orbit duration. The spacecraft are equipped with up-to-date onboard radio system Kurs-NA intended for rendezvous and docking. As compared to the earlier verson of Kurs-A, it has the improved weight-dimension characteristics and allows the exclude from the spacecraft equipment one of three radio antennas. Instead of analog television system Klest the digital television system is used in spacecraft; it allows to maintain communication between the spacecraft and the station via board-to-board radio link. The onboard equipment of the modified Soyuz MS and Progress MS spacecraft contains the following instead of the equipment to be removed from production: a new digital unit to control a backup loop developed by RSC Energia, modernized angular rate sensor unit ARSU-3A and light-emitting diode CFOK. Due to the new ground and onboard radio systems it became possible to use the present-day information transmission protocols resulting in the improved stability of the spacecraft control system.

Most of the technical solutions embedded in the structure of Soyuz MS and Progress MS will be used when creating the new generation manned transport spacecraft which is being developed by RSC Energia.

 

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