ISS-65 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
leg Novitskiy
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov
Yulia Peresild
Klim Shipenko



ROSCOSMOS. The assembly of the Proton-M launch vehicle with Spektr-RG observatory has been completed

June 10, 2019

Specialists of the ROSCOSMOS enterprises carried out the general assembly of the Proton-M integrated launch vehicle at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Last days off Ascent Unit (AU) consisting of Upper Stage DM-03 with Spektr-RG docked to it was transferred from a clean room to the launch vehicle (LV) assembly room.

Upon completion of transportation the launch vehicle and the ascent unit mechanical mating was provided. Teams of the rocket-space industry specialists provided mating of electrical contacts between the Payload Unit and LV and also conducted all the required checks envisaged by the work schedule.

On June 13 the State Commission meeting will be held at the cosmodrome where the results of operations for prelaunch processing will be given and the decision on the roll-out will be made. The launch vehicle roll-out to the launch pad of site 81 is scheduled to be provided in the morning on June 14.

The launch of the Proton-M launch vehicle with Upper Stage DM-03 and new orbital observatory Spektr-RG is scheduled for June 21 at 15:17 Moscow time. Its main mission is to study the Universe in the X-ray band of electromagnetic radiation, creation of the visible Universe map where sufficiently large accumulations of galaxies will be marked.


Photo from Roscosmos website