RSC Energia: ouncil of chief designers held its session

February 15, 2019

On Thursday, February 14, RSC Energia (which is included in State Corporation Roscosmos) held a session of the Council of Chief Designers for the Russian Segment (RS) of the International Space Station (ISS).

The Council of Chief Designers reviewed the launch readiness of the Crew Transportation Spacecraft (CTS) Soyuz MS-12, of the launch vehicle Soyuz-FG, of the ground infrastructure, and the readiness of the ISS for the next stage in its mission.

The progress report on the preparations for the launch of the Crew Transportation Spacecraft Soyuz MS-12 was made by the first deputy general director of RSC Energia S.Y. Romanov.

Reports on the readiness of all the systems and instrumentation of Soyuz MS-12 and the ISS RS were made by chief designers, responsible representatives of RSC Energia and other organizations involved in the program: NII TP, Russian Space Systems, NII Submicron, NII AO, MNIIRS, PO Korpus, TsNII RTK, affiliate of TsENKI NII PM, NPK Optolink, NPP Kvant, Television Research Institute, NPO IT, Orbita, Aeropribor Voskhod, NPP KP Kvant, NPP Delta, NPP Zvezda, CKTB Biofizpribor, NII PP and SPT, MKB Iskra, Parachute Engineering Research Institute, KB KhimMash, NITS, RSC Progress, NII SK, TsENKI, TsNIIMash, ES AKPS Service, IBMP, NII TsPK, KB Salyut.

NASA representative Jonathan Brogan told about the status of the ISS US segment, and declared it ready for arrival of Soyuz MS-12.

Head of scientific and technical center at RSC Energia D.A.Kalashnikov made a presentation of the ISS mission results and systems status, results of scientific experiments and the mission plan for the forthcoming period. He summed up preliminary results of the applied research conducted during Expedition ISS-58.

Speaking about the scope of applied science experiments of the upcoming ISS-59 Expedition, D.A.Kalashnikov said that altogether there are 49 experiments planned under the program of applied science research (including experiments to be conducted jointly with NASA and ESA), out of which 45 space experiments involve crew participation. The planned number of space experiment sessions (including those that are automated) is 310. Expedition ISS-59, the commander of which will be Oleg Kononenko (Roscosmos), will last 103 days. There will be a spacewalk from the ISS RS (EVA-46) which is planned for May of this year. "There are sufficient available resources to carry out the expedition program. The ground facilities, and the mission control personnel are ready for the launch of Soyuz MS-12.

Deputy Head of the Cosmonaut Training Center Y.I. Malenchenko confirmed that the main crew and the backup crew are ready for the program of upcoming activities onboard the ISS.

The session of the Council was conducted by the general designer of RSC Energia Y.A. Mikrin. Based on the results of the session, the Council of Chief Designers approved the following RSC Energia proposals:

  • on the plan of forthcoming work to prepare Soyuz MS-12 for launch;
  • on delivering to the ISS the next expedition crew of three: Alexei Ovchinin (Roscosmos), Tyler Nicklaus Hague (NASA), and Christina Hammock Koch (NASA);
  • on clearing the ISS RS to proceed with the next phase of the ISS operation.

Closing remarks were made by the acting CEO (general director) of RSC Energia N.N. Sevastianov, as well as by the deputy general director of State Corporation Roscosmos A.P. Lopatin.

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.

State Corporation ROSCOSMOS is a State Corporation established in August of 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 results of space activities in social and economic development of Russia.




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