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Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
Kathleen Rubins
Michael Hopkins
Victor Glover
Shannon Walker
Soichi Noguchi


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Nauka module pre-launch processing is in good progress at Baikonur

September 11, 2020

The next phase of Nauka module processing for launch to the International Space Station has begun at the Baikonur launch site. Preparations for factory check tests are in progress. After the module arrival at the assembly and test facility of Area No. 254 of the Baikonur launch site, operations were carried out to prepare Nauka for reloading and installation at the processing station.

Specialists from S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (part of the State Corporation Roscosmos) and enterprises of the Russian rocket and space industry performed activities on preparation of the transportation railcar for unloading, reloading onto a hauling unit and delivering the module to the processing station. The specialists removed the module protection used during its transportation: they removed the technological load fairing and the transfer compartment. Afterwards the hardware intended to preserve the item during transportation was moved and put into storage.

At the same time, the module was installed in the shroud rings and moved to the processing site for installation and assembly operations. This past week the hatch of the active hybrid docking unit was open, process protection was installed, and then a clean chamber was attached to the item which protects it from pollution and ensures comfortable working conditions inside the item.

Specialists performed operations inside the module to remove the nominal floor and interior panels for further installation of the processing floors. In the course of the item operations it is constantly inspected, and simultaneously micrometeoroids and debris protection is being installed. The Energia plant employees installed a TV camera unit, mated connectors to the active hybrid docking unit, as well as installed structures for placing science equipment to be used for space experiments.

Over the current week, standalone checks of the module antenna mechanisms were performed, incoming inspection of cables of the test onboard cable network was conducted, and the solar array deployment bench was tested. Such scale projects have not been implemented by the Russian space industry for a long time, and therefore every day poses new challenging tasks for specialists from RSC Energia and Russian rocket and space industry enterprises.

 

 

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