The state corporation Roskosmos informs that on August 19 a train with the Nauka module arrived at the Baikonur cosmodrome, which is to join the International Space Station (ISS) next year.
Transportation of “Science” from the rocket and space plant GKNPTs im. M.V. Khrunicheva to Baikonur took less than ten days. To transport the module and the necessary equipment, 14 cars were needed.
Now specialists from Roskosmos subsidiaries will have to conduct control and measurement tests of the new ISS unit, which will become the final stage in the manufacture of the product. In particular, a large amount of work will be performed related to electrical tests – 754 checks in accordance with the instructions. In addition, fitting of means for fastening large-sized objects, etc. will be carried out.
“Tests should confirm the quality of the installation and assembly work carried out, the operability of the systems and the quality of the product as a whole. Usually this stage takes place at the manufacturing plant, but this time, according to the terms of the state contract and in accordance with the terms of reference, it will be held at the cosmodrome.“, – says Roskosmos.
The long-term construction module “Science”, which has a history of more than 20 years, will ensure the further development of the Russian segment of the ISS. In particular, it will provide new opportunities for conducting research experiments and will reduce the number of expensive space walks. The launch of the unit is scheduled for April 2021.
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