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 equipped with European Robotic Arm ERA

May 20, 2021

At the Baikonur launch site, the program of manufacturers checkout tests draws to a close on the laboratory module Nauka for the Russian Segment of the International Space Station. In Area No.254 Processing Facility specialists from S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (which is a part of State Corporation Roscosmos) and European Space Agency performed the final processing operations for installing the European Robotic Arm (ERA) onto the hull of the new module.

The autonomous re-locatable robotic arm ERA made by German company Fokker Space is a part of the standard electromechanical facilities for in-orbit servicing and maintenance of the Nauka module. Serving as the main robotic arm on the Russian Segment of the station it will be used for installing and removing payloads on the station surface and monitoring the status of the outer surface of the station, as well as for remotely controlled translation of cosmonauts in a mobile workstation during extravehicular activities. In accordance with the processing flow, in the course of installing ERA onto transportation attachment points, a high-precision check of the robotic arm position in the stowed configuration and integrated tests of the fasteners for attachment to the module hull were performed.

Further work at the processing facility will be performed by specialists from RSC Energia and Space Center Yuzhny (a branch of the Center for Operation of the Ground Space Infrastructure Facilities, which is a part of Roscosmos) within the framework of the standard pre-launch processing flow. Scheduled for this period are installation of the solar array panels, stowage of deliverable cargos and weight check of the module, assembly of the ascent unit, loading the module tanks with propellant components, and final assembly of the integrated launch vehicle Proton-M.

Laboratory Module Nauka 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 (which is a part of Roscosmos) in order to expand the functionality of the Russian Segment of the ISS.




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