ISS-64 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Sergey Ryzhikov
Flight engineers:
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
Kathleen Rubins
Michael Hopkins
Victor Glover
Shannon Walker
Soichi Noguchi


Планета Королёва


RSC Energia: cargo vehicle Progress MS-11 is launched to the ISS

April 4, 2019

Today, on April 4, at 14:01 Moscow time, the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Progress MS-11 cargo transport vehicle (CTV) developed and manufactured by RSC Energia was successfully launched from Pad No. 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site.

According to telemetry information, the separation of the vehicle from the launch vehicle stage III passed normally. The deployment of antennas and solar arrays was recorded. The vehicle was under control of specialists of the Lead Operational Control Team of the International Space Station Russian Segment (LOCT ISS RS) at MCC.

The vehicle rendezvous with the station will be provided using a two-orbit rendezvous profile. The automatic docking of the cargo vehicle to the docking port of the ISS RS DC1 is scheduled for 17:25 Moscow time.

Russian cosmonauts – the ISS crew commander Oleg Kononenko and flight engineer Aleksei Ovchinin will control the final approach process.

Progress MS-11 will deliver to the ISS over 2.5 tons of various cargo: more than 1.4 tons of dry cargo, 900 kg of propellant, 420 kg of water in tanks of the Rodnik system, as well as 47 kg of the compressed gas and oxygen in tanks. The stowage of the cargo compartment is the following: science equipment, components for the life support system and also containers with food products, clothing, drugs, personal hygiene appliances for the crewmembers.

The payload delivered to the Station consists of kits for conducting space experiments (SE) in the field of biotechnologies: Bioplenka, Konstanta-2, Produtsent, Mikrovir, Probiovit, Struktura, Biodegradatsia, Kristallizator.

To carry out scientific and educational experiment Ryaska during which it is supposed to demonstrate features of the development of higher plants in weightlessness, the cosmonauts will receive a LED local illumination system and the Faza device with vessels for the cultivation of aquatic plants. Earlier no experiments were conducted onboard the ISS, which showed the reaction of gravitational and photosensitive organs of plants to changes of external conditions in their habitat. During the space experiment session, a photography will be made once a day to prepare the educational material for the course of biology in institutions of higher and secondary education.

The 2-orbit rendezvous profile developed at RSC Energia was first used to deliver the cargo transport vehicle to the orbital station in last July when the Progress MS-09 CTV was launched.

The Progress MS cargo transport vehicle is designed to deliver dry cargo, propellant components, water and gas supplies to the International Space Station, perform dynamic operations within the Station using its own engines, as well as to evacuate the waste and the used equipment from the Station. Additional tasks of the vehicle include: conducting space experiments in the autonomous flight and the flight testing of onboard systems and their elements.

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.

SC ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation that was established in August 2015 in order to conduct a comprehensive reform of the rocket and space industry in Russia. State Corporation Roscosmos assures implementation of the Government policies in the field of space activities and provides for them a legal and regulatory framework, as well as places orders for the development, production and delivery of space hardware and space infrastructure facilities. The functions of the State Corporation also include development of international cooperation in space, and creating conditions for using the results of space activities in the social and economic development of Russia.