Progress MS-15 cargo vehicle is admitted to fueling
July 9, 2020
The Technical Management meeting was held at the Baikonur Launch Site at which a decision was taken to admit Progress MS-15 cargo transportation spacecraft to fueling of the combined propulsion system and the cargo spacecraft refueling system.
Progress MS-13 cargo spacecraft has completed its mission
July 9, 2020
Before being transported to the filling station, the spacecraft was subject to check weighing and balancing at the integration and test facility of Area 254. As per schedule, specialists from RSC Energia and core enterprises of Roscosmos will perform planned operations on filling Progress MS-15 with fuel components and compressed gases. Upon completion of the fueling operations, the spacecraft will be brought back to Area 254 to continue its prelaunch processing.
Today, on July 9 under the International Space Station (ISS) flight program Progress MS-13 cargo transportation spacecraft, developed and built by RSC Energia, successfully completed its mission. On Wednesday at 21:22 Moscow time the spacecraft undocked from the Station.
Igor Ozar confirmed as RSC Eneria General Director by the shareholders’ meeting
July 6, 2020
On July 9 at 00:31 Moscow time the Progress MS-13 propulsion system fired a de-boost burn. Four minutes later it was disabled, and the spacecraft continued its orbital decay.
The extraordinary general meeting of shareholders of public company RSC Energia convened by the decision of the Board of Directors was held in the format of absent voting. There were five items on the agenda, including election of Igor Ozar to the position of the general director of the company. The meeting was chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of RSC Energia, the general director of State Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin. The reception of voting bulletins on the agenda issues was open until June 29. Holders of 1 229 512 shares cast their votes, which was 93.8% of the total number of allotted shares and secured a required meeting quorum.
Progress MS-15 solar array check complete
July 6, 2020
At the integration and test facility of Area 254 of the Baikonur Launch Site processing operations are in good progress for the launch of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-15. Specialists from RSC Energia and Space Center Yuzhny completed a scheduled operation of check insolation for the solar arrays of the spacecraft onboard power supply system.
Tests of Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft in the vacuum chamber are completed
June 30, 2020
Specialists from RSC Energia and SC Yuzhnyi completed leak tests of the Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft in the vacuum chamber of the integration and test facility at Area 254 of the Baikonur launch site.
Contract between RSC Energia and Space Adventures
June 25, 2020
The pneumatic vacuum test cycle of large-size space hardware using a helium-air medium in test volumes is the most objective method of monitoring the stringent requirements for pressurization integrity of spacecraft compartments and onboard systems under ground conditions.
RSC Energia and Space Adventures Inc. (USA) have signed a contract to fly in 2023 a short mission with two spaceflight participants onboard a Soyuz MS spacecraft to the Russian Segment of the International Space Station (ISS).
Progress MS-15 has passed tests in the anechoic chamber
June 23, 2020
It is planned that in the course of the mission one of the spaceflight participants will go on a spacewalk from the ISS Russian Segment together with a professional Russian cosmonaut.
Stand-alone tests of the onboard radio systems of the Progress MS-15 cargo transportation spacecraft in the anechoic chamber of the integration and test facility (ITF) at Area 254 of the Baikonur launch site are completed.
Interview with Igor Khamits
June 23, 2020
The anechoic chamber is a special-purpose room covered with radar absorbing material to simulate space environment. During the day, specialists from RSC Energia and SC Yuzhny performed operations on functionality check of the radio equipment of the Kurs-NA system, which ensures rendezvous and docking of Progress MS-15 with the International Space Station (ISS). After testing the spacecraft was installed in the ITF dynamic stand for further prelaunch processing.
Since 2009 Russian has been developing a new spacecraft the main objective of which will be to deliver Russian cosmonauts to the Moon. The first unmanned mission of Orel, that’s how the spacecraft was christened, is scheduled for 2023. In 2025 it is supposed to lift-off carrying people onboard for the first time, and in 2029, as reported earlier, to take first cosmonauts to circumlunar orbit.
Not much time remains before the missions will start. The current status of the spacecraft development, how long its flight tests will last, is there any place in it for composite materials, and the fact that Orel will never sink in water, were the subjects covered in the interview which was given to the Russian information Agency Novosti by the chief designer for the development of the new-generation crew transportation spacecraft Igor Khamits.