ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Anton Shkaplerov

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Tom Marshburn
Mark Vande Hei
Raja Chari
Kayla Barron
Matthias Maurer



Progress MS-16 and Soyuz MS-18 prelaunch processing

January 19, 2021

At Baikonur cosmodrome prelaunch processing operations began on cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 for the launch under the program of the 77th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and manned transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-18 intended for delivering onboard the ISS the crew of Expedition 65.

Upon its arrival to the launch site, Progress MS-16 passed the first phase of testing and then remained in stowage in the Processing Facility 254. On January 15 it was activated to continue the processing in the test bed of the processing facility. Yesterday, specialists from RSC Energia and Space Center Yuzhny completed a scheduled operation of check insolation for the solar arrays of the power supply system, and currently the spacecraft is completing the cycle of check activations of onboard systems and adaptation of the cargo compartment to accommodate deliverable equipment and cargoes.

Concurrently, in the same facility, stand-alone electrical tests are run on Soyuz MS-18 which include test activations and recording of the initial state of onboard equipment. Completed in addition to this are the leakage checks of the spacecraft propellant system and standalone electrical tests of the crew seats Kazbek.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle carrying Progress MS-16 is scheduled for from the Baikonur launch site. The spacecraft is to deliver to the Expedition 64 crew supplies of propellant, water and gases, consumables and life support equipment, as well as some technical aids for locating and curing air leaks onboard the ISS. The launch of Soyuz MS-18 is scheduled for the first half of 2021.





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