ISS-65 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Akihiko Hoshide

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



Progress MS-17 passed the vacuum tests

June 3, 2021

Leak tests have been completed at the Baikonur launch site on the cargo transportation spacecraft (CTS) Progress MS-17 in the vacuum chamber of the processing facility of Area 254.

In accordance with the schedule, specialists from RSC Energia and Space Center Yuzhny have completed a cycle of pneumatics and vacuum tests on the Progress MS-17 CTS, which had been run since May 30. An automated checkout of strict requirements for air tightness of compartments and onboard systems of the spacecraft under ground conditions has passed without any anomalies and made it possible to proceed with further pre-launch processing operations on the spacecraft in the dynamics test bed of the processing facility.

Also conducted in late May were functional checks in anechoic chamber on the Kurs-NA rendezvous and docking onboard equipment of Progress MS-17 CTS. The anechoic chamber is a specialized room covered with a material absorbing RF emissions in order to simulate space environment for ground functional tests of on-board RF systems of transportation spacecraft Progress MS and Soyuz MS.

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle carrying Progress MS-17 is scheduled for June of 2021 from the Baikonur launch site. The unmanned cargo spacecraft will deliver to the Expedition 65 crew supplies of propellant and gases, as well as life support and systems equipment under the 78th mission of the ISS re-supply program.




June 30, 2021
The launch of LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-17 is planned
April 9, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-18 is launched



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