RSC Energia: Tests of CTS Soyuz MS-13 in vacuum chamber started
May 14, 2019
Today on May 14 specialists from RSC Energia and SC Yuzhnyi transported Crew Transportation Spacecraft Soyuz ÌS-13 to the vacuum chamber at Baikonur cosmodrome for further leak tests.
Roscosmos: preparations started for the launch of manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-15
May 7, 2019
As of today the vacuum chamber test cycle for space vehicles using helium-air medium in tested volumes remains the most objective leak check method used under ground conditions, ensuring verification of the specified strict pressurization integrity requirements.
Work has started at the Baikonur launch site to prepare for launch the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-15. In the processing facility of Area No.112, rocket stages of Soyuz-FG were unloaded from rail cars.
RSC Energia developed a one-orbit rendezvous profile
April 25, 2019
The launch of Soyuz MS-15 to the International Space Station is scheduled for September 2019. The crew consists of: Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Skripochka, NASA astronaut Jessica Meir and UAE astronaut Hazza Al Mansouri.
The RSC Energia specialists developed a one-orbit flight profile of SC which implies rendezvous with the International Space Station within about 2 hours.
RSC Energia: 48 years since the launch of the Salyut station
April 19, 2019
The main advantage of such a profile is the reduction of the time spent by cosmonauts in a small volume of SC. One more advantage of this one-orbit rendezvous profile is a quick delivery of various biomaterials to the Station to conduct scientific experiments onboard the ISS. In addition, the quicker is the spacecraft rendezvous with the station, the more is the saving of propellant and other resources required to support the flight.
On April 19, 1971 there was a launch of the world's first long-duration orbital station (LDOS) Salyut.
The station development began in late 1969. Yu.P. Semenov was appointed as lead designer of the project. When working on LDOS the following was used: existing hardware of the orbital module of the Almaz military station the work on which was performed at TsKBM, and the onboard systems of the Soyuz spacecraft.