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


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Progress MS-16 designers inspection and encapsulation into payload fairing are complete

February 9, 2021

The final processing operations with cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 for the launch under the program of the 77th re-supply mission to the International Space Station continue at the Baikonur Launch Site.

Today, specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos have conducted the designers inspection of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-16 at the integration and test facility and performed processing operations to encapsulate it into the payload fairing. After checking the launch readiness of the spacecraft within the ascent unit, it will be admitted to transportation for the final assembly with the launch vehicle in the integration and test facility at Area 31.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle carrying Progress MS-16 developed and produced by RSC Energia is scheduled for February15, 2021 from Area 31 of the Baikonur Launch Site.

The spacecraft shall deliver to the ISS resupply propellant, reserve supplies of portable water and air, as well as hardware for onboard control and life support systems, repair equipment, medical monitoring and sanitary and hygienic items, food ratios and fresh products for the current Expedition crewmembers. In addition, a set of payloads will be delivered to the station within implementation of the Russian science and applied research program:

  • Neurolab kits are intended to conduct a series of medical experiments Pilot-T to study the impact of long-duration space missions on the quality of professional activities of cosmonauts;
  • Materials of experiment Aseptic will make it possible to develop sterility provisions while performing biological experiments under spaceflight conditions;
  • Device Photobioreactor will be used to study into the feasibility of getting food products and oxygen from algae under microgravity conditions;
  • Hardware Cascad will be used as a laboratory to develop efficient methods of biotechnological production of cell cultures under zero-gravity conditions;
  • Probes Biodegradation will ensure monitoring the composition of microorganisms in the ISS atmosphere to study their impact on structural materials in space conditions.

 

 

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