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Progress MS-04 logistics spacecraft received authorization to proceed with fuelling

November 17, 2016

Today, November 17, the technical management and the state commission at the Baikonur launch site have confirmed the readiness of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-04 for filling with propellant components and compressed gases.

According to the decision announced as a result of the meeting, authorization to proceed with operations at the filling station was given with regard to the integrated propulsion system and the refueling system of the logistics spacecraft. The filling station equipment is ready for the operations.

The launch of the cargo spacecraft Progress MS-04 under the International Space Station (ISS) program is scheduled for December 1, 2016. The spacecraft will deliver to the ISS about 2.5 tons of various cargos, including dry cargo, propellant in the tanks of the integrated propulsion system and the refueling system, water and compressed gases.

The new-series spacecraft Progress MS and Soyuz MS were developed as 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 makes it possible to receive signals via relay satellites Luch-5, which significantly increases the radio coverage zone for the spacecraft – up to 70% of an orbit. The spacecraft are equipped with an advanced onboard radio system for rendezvous and docking Kurs-NA. As compared with an earlier model, Kurs-A, it has improved mass and dimensions parameters and makes it possible to delete from the spacecraft hardware configuration one of the three radio antennas. Instead of the analog TV system Klyost, the spacecraft use a digital TV system, which makes it possible to maintain communications between the spacecraft and the station via a space-to-space RF link. Also included into the onboard equipment of the Soyuz MS and Progress MS series spacecraft to replace the equipment that has been phased out of production is 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 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 spacecraft control system.

 

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