(ORDO NEWS) — Russia plans to send two new modules to the International Space Station at the end of April and September 2021, said Vladimir Daneev, deputy director of the Roscosmos manned space programs department.
At the end of September, a RIA Novosti source in the rocket and space industry said that in April and September 2021 Russia plans to send two new modules to the ISS for the first time in 11 years.
“The launch date of the (multipurpose laboratory) module” Science “is tentatively, the end of April, but we will now look at the flight program in order to most comfortably take it to the station, because it should fly for about a week,” Daneev said during a meeting dedicated to 20th anniversary of the ISS flight in manned mode, which is broadcast on the YouTube channel “Roscosmos-TV”.
He added that the launch of the Prichal nodal module is scheduled for September 2021. “Now we are planning to launch it in September, tentatively,” said Daneev.
The Nauka module is planned to be launched into orbit by the Proton-M launch vehicle from the Baikonur cosmodrome. The Nauka will house a berth for the third Russian cosmonaut, as well as a second toilet for the Russian segment (two berths and one toilet are in the Zvezda module).
The launch of the Prichal module is planned from Baikonur by a Soyuz-2.1b rocket as part of the Progress M-UM special cargo vehicle-module. The Prichal will have six docking stations for receiving other modules, as well as cargo and manned ships.
Currently, the Russian segment of the ISS includes five modules: the Zarya functional cargo block (created with US money and launched in 1998), the Zvezda service module (2000), the Pirs docking bay (2001), and small research modules Search (2009) and Dawn (2010).
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