ISS-65 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Akihiko Hoshide

Flight engineers:
leg Novitskiy
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Tomas Pesquet



Nauka module testing continues at Baikonur cosmodrome

January 19, 2021

In accordance with the prelaunch processing schedule, manufacturer's checkout testing of Nauka module continues at the processing facility of Area 254 of the Baikonur launch site. Its launch towards the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (ISS) on the launch vehicle Proton-M is scheduled for 2021.

Currently, Roscosmos specialists have completed 80% of the scheduled tests. Tests have been completed on the TV communications system and the antenna and feeder device of the TV, including TV circuits and encoders, TV links via the multipurpose crew workstations. Checked out have been the primary and backup units of the module thermal control system, components of the Nauka module propulsion system, the module guidance, navigation and control system.

Along with these checks, tests have been run on the system for propellant pressurization and feeding to the high and low pressure fuel and oxidizer tanks, and on the pressure sensors in the propellant pressurization and feeding systems.

The Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka (MLM) is a research module for the Russian Segment of the International Space Station developed by S.P.Korolev RSC Energia in cooperation with the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (joint design and manufacturing) to expand the functionality of the Russian Segment of the ISS.

MLM Nauka builds upon the design and technology of the Functional Cargo module Zarya (FGB) adding to it the experience from the design of the resupply spacecraft for manned space laboratories Salyut and resupply modules for the orbital complex Mir.

It will be attached to the nadir port of the Zvezda Service Module and intended for carrying out the Russian program of applied scientific research and experiments.

After MLM is placed into operation, the Russian Segment will have additional volumes for workstations and cargo stowage, for water and oxygen regeneration hardware, crew living conditions will improve and become more comfortable, and the safety of the entire ISS crew will increase.



July 21, 2021
LV Proton-M with MLM Nauka is launched
June 30, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-17 is launched



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