Roscosmos. Nauka is in orbit!
July 21, 2021
July 21, 2021, at 17:58:25 Moscow Time, launch vehicle Proton-M carrying the multi-purpose laboratory module Nauka lifted off launch pad No.39 of Site No.200 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome. According to telemetry data, all the launch vehicle flight events (staging and payload fairing jettison) went normally.
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.
Nauka is on the launch pad
July 17, 2021
Intensive processing activities continue at the Baikonur launch site in preparation for the launch of the launch vehicle Proton-M carrying the multi-purpose laboratory module Nauka. In accordance with the work flow, on July 17, 2021 the integrated launch vehicle was transported to and erected on the launch pad of Site No.200.
Launch vehicle Proton-M roll-out is to take place on July 17
July 16, 2021
Preparations are completed at the Baikonur launch site for the roll-out to the launch pad of the launch vehicle Proton-M carrying the multi-purpose laboratory module Nauka. Its launch from the launch pad No.39 of Site No.200 is scheduled for July 21, 2021 at 17:58:21 Moscow Time.
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.
Development of a new rendezvous profile during the flight of the resupply spacecraft Progress MS-17
July 12, 2021
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.
On July 2, 2021, in accordance with the mission plan of the International Space Station (ISS), the resupply spacecraft Progress MS-17 docked with module MRM2 Poisk of the ISS Russian Segment (RS). In the course of carrying out the program of the free flight of the spacecraft, specialists from S.P. Korolev RSC Energia started developmental testing of individual elements of the future one-orbit profile for autonomous rendezvous with the ISS under supervision of the Lead Operations Control Team of the ISS RS Mission Control Center.
Progress МS-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 Оleg Novitskiy and Petr Dubrov.