October 14, 2009.
S.P.Korolev RSC Energia, Korolev, Moscow region
Baikonur branch of S.P. Korolev Rocket-Space Corporation Energia proceeds with the activities for prelaunch processing of special-purpose cargo space vehicle - module Progress M-MRM2, which is to deliver new Russian MRM2 Module to the International Space Station (ISS).
In the course of these activities the Corporation specialists conducted the scheduled training sessions for the team of Russian cosmonauts, who are undergoing training for the forthcoming flights to the ISS.
In the room for the space vehicle - module assembly cosmonauts Oleg Kotov, Anatoly Ivanishin, Oleg Novitskiy, Alexey Ovchinin, Maxim Ponomarev and Segey Ryzhikov who had specially arrived at Cosmodrome Baikonur, familiarized themselves with the design, design features, operational capability of the space vehicle - module and Mini Research Module 2 (MRM2) to be delivered by this space vehicle.
- RSC Energia is the leading organization engaged in the development and operational use of the ISS Russian Segment, its Modules (Zvezda, Pirs, etc.), as well as Soyuz TMA and Progress space vehicles.
- Cargo space vehicle Progress M-MRM2 is scheduled to be launched in November 2009. Deliverable Module will extend operational capabilities of the ISS Russian Segment: another port for Soyuz TMA and Progress M space vehicles will come into being; the Module can be used as airlock for cosmonauts egress into outer space and the required extravehicular activities, as well as for accommodation of cargoes and scientific apparatus.