ISS-66 mission


ISS crew:

Commander -
Tomas Pesquet

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



State Commission attests launch readiness of Proton-M

July 21, 2021

On Wednesday, July 21, 2021, at the Baikonur launch site the State Commission for conducting flight tests of manned space systems reviewed the results of ground developmental tests and the findings of the technical management with respect to the readiness of the Proton-M launch vehicle with the multi-purpose laboratory module Nauka.

The session of the State Commission resulted in the decision to proceed with the loading with propellant components and launch of the integrated launch vehicle Proton-M/Nauka. In accordance with the prelaunch work flow, the loading of the launch vehicle with oxidizer will start at 12:00 Moscow Time, and then, at 13:35 Moscow Time, the loading of the fuel will begin. At 15:20 Moscow Time, final operations will begin on the launch vehicle and the service tower.

The launch of the integrated launch vehicle Proton-M carrying the multipurpose module Nauka is scheduled for July 21, 2021 at 17:58:25 Moscow Time from the launch pad of Site No.200 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The duration of the launch vehicle powered flight phase (until separation of the module) will be 580 seconds (9.67 minutes).

Live broadcast of pre-launch operations with the running commentary from specialists in the Russian rocket and space industry will begin at 16:30 Moscow Time in the Online Broadcasts section of the State Corporations web site and on the social network pages of Roscosmos.

The new Russian module is designed to augment engineering and operational capabilities of the Russian Segment of the International Space Station. It will enable the implementation of a program of scientific research in the interests of fundamental science and of the social sphere, including development and extension of resources of the ISS Russian Segment.




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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