ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

Flight engineers:
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Akihiko Hoshide
Anton Shkaplerov



Progress S-17 successfully docked to the ISS

July 2, 2021

In accordance with the flight program of the International Space Station, the docking of cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-17, which was launched from Baikonur two days before, was completed on July 2, 2021 at 03:59:41 Moscow time. The final approach and docking operations to Poisk module were performed automatically under the direction of specialists of the TsNIIMash flight control center, Lead Operational Control Team of S.P.Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (forms part of the State Corporation Roscosmos) and Russian crewmembers of the ISS-65 expedition, Roscosmos cosmonauts leg Novitskiy and Petr Dubrov.

On Wednesday, on June 30, 2021 launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1 carrying cargo transportation vehicle Progress MS-17 was launched from the Baikonur Launch Site. The launch was performed normally at 02:27 Moscow time from Pad No. 31. Approximately nine minutes later the spacecraft was injected into orbit.

The cargo vehicle has delivered to the ISS more than 2.5 tons of various cargoes that are required to maintain the ISS mission in a manned mode and carry out the program of scientific and applied research in orbit. Among these are: 470 kg of resupply propellant, 420 liter of portable water in Rodnik system tanks, 40 kg of compressed air and oxygen, as well as 1 509 kg of various equipment and materials in the cargo compartment, including limited-life items and maintenance aids for onboard systems, space experiment kits, medical monitoring and hygiene support equipment, clothing items, food rations and fresh produce for the ISS-65 Expedition crewmembers.

In addition, a set of payloads will be delivered to the station within the implementation of the Russian science and applied research and experiments 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 Korrektsiya are used to develop effective countermeasures of cosmonaut osseous lesion under zero-gravity conditions;
  • Kits Biorisk and Konstanta-2 serve as a laboratory to study the impact of space flight factors on the state of complex albuminous compounds and survivability of microorganisms;
  • Experiment Probiovit is aimed at development of production technology of pharmaceutical products with immunomodulatory effects under zero-gravity conditions;
  • Hardware UF Atmosphere ensures a detailed mapping of the global structure of genenschein of the earth atmosphere to study meteorological processes and space weather.

After completing all necessary leakage tests of the interface, Roscosmos cosmonauts leg Novitskiy and Petr Dubrov will open transfer hatches and complete the final operations to dismantle the docking mechanism, switch the Progress power supply system to the joint power supply, and put the logistics spacecraft into the long-storage mode.

Currently, seven crewmembers are staying onboard the ISS: Roscosmos cosmonauts leg Novitskiy, Petr Dubrov, NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei, Sean Kimbrough and gan McArthur, European Space Agency astronaut Tom Pesquet and JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. Moreover, two Russian cargo spacecraft Progress MS, Russian manned spacecraft Soyuz S-18, as well as US Crew Dragon Endeavour and Cargo Dragon SpX-22 are attached to the ISS.


Photo: Roscosmos



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