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Ovchinin Alexey
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Nick Hague
Christina Koch




RSC Energia: Designers inspection of Progress MS-04 cargo spacecraft completed

November 25, 2016

RSC Energia specialists working at the Baikonur launch site have conducted designers inspection of the new-series cargo transport vehicle Progress MS-04 and performed processing operations to roll-on the payload fairing of the medium launch vehicle Soyuz-U.

The vehicle preparations for the launch are being performed at the spacecraft processing facility at the Baikonur launch site.

According to the prelaunch processing schedule in coming days the orbital module with Progress S-04 will be transported from the spacecraft processing facility to the launch vehicle integration and chechout facility for integration with the launch vehicle.

The launch of Progress MS-04 under the International Space Station (ISS) program is scheduled on December 1, 2016.

The vehicle will deliver to the ISS about 2.5 tons of various cargo, including dry cargo, propellant in the combined propulsion system and refueling system tanks, water and compressed gases. Scientific equipment and components for the life support system, as well as containers with food, clothing, medical supplies and personal hygiene items for the crewmembers are stowed in the cargo compartment.

The new-series transportation spacecraft Progress MS and Soyuz MS designed and built by RSC Energia 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 will make it possible to receive signals via relay satellites Luch-5, which will significantly increase the radio coverage zone for the spacecraft up to 70% of an orbit. The spacecraft is equipped with an advanced onboard radio system for rendezvous and docking Kurs-NA. Instead of the analog TV system Klyost, the spacecraft will use 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 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.


RSC Energia: 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 space industry. State Space 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.


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