ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

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



Proton-M launch vehicle integration under way at Baikonur

July 14, 2021

Completed at Baikonur launch site are processing operations to mate the ascent unit consisting of Nauka module, the payload fairing and interstage section with the stack of three rocket stages of the Proton-M launch vehicle.

The final assembly of the integrated launch vehicle Proton-M/Nauka completes pre-launch operations under the program of launching the multi-purpose module to the ISS at the processing facility of Site No.92. Upon completion of checks of electrical connections between the launch vehicle and the ascent unit, the integrated launch vehicle will be ready for roll-out to the launch pad.

The Multipurpose Laboratory Module Nauka is a research module for the Russian Segment of the International Space Station developed by S.P.Korolev RSC Energia jointly with the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center (which is a part of the State Corporation Roscosmos) in order to expand the functionality of the Russian Segment of the ISS.

The heavy launch vehicle Proton is actively used for insertion of payloads into low Earth orbits and departure trajectories under Federal and commercial programs. Proton is the primary launch vehicle for launching Russian orbital modules to the International Space Station.





October 28, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-18 is launched
October 5, 2021
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Soyuz MS-19 is launched



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