Roskosmos reported that after the completion of the general assembly and delivery of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with the Progress MS-16 spacecraft on board, the Mission Control Center (MCC) completed the planned work to prepare for the launch of the “truck” into orbit and subsequent docking to the Russian segment of the ISS. Currently, the start is scheduled for February 15, 2021 at 7:45 Moscow time.
The separation of the “truck” from the third stage of the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle will take place in less than 9 minutes, and the docking with the station is scheduled for February 17 at 9:20 am Moscow time, according to a two-day (34-orbit) scheme. The spacecraft rendezvous with the station and docking to the docking port of the Pirs module will take place in an automatic mode under the supervision of MCC specialists and Russian crew members of the station, cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergei Kud-Sverchkov.
Early in the morning on Monday, a meeting of the State Commission will take place, following which decisions will be made on refueling the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with propellant components and subsequent launch. The spacecraft must deliver onboard the ISS refueling fuel, supplies of drinking water and air, as well as resource equipment for onboard control and life support systems, medical control and sanitary and hygienic support, food rations and fresh food for the crew members of the active expedition.
In addition, Progress MS-16 carries on board a special repair kit to eliminate a crack in the Zvezda module, due to which an air leak occurs, as well as a number of materials and equipment for the Russian program of scientific and applied research: the Neurolab packing , materials of the “Aseptic” experiment, “Photobioreactor” device, “Cascade” equipment and “Biodegradation” probes. Progress MS-16 will replace Progress MS-15, which has already left the ISS and burned up in the atmosphere.
12 February 2021 space rocket “#Union-2.1а “with a transport cargo ship”#Progress MS-16 “on board was taken to the launch complex of the cosmodrome # Baikonur… The start is scheduled for February 15, 2021. Flight to # ISS will take place in a two-day (34-orbit) scheme. pic.twitter.com/A6d2x7VgKS
– ROSCOSMOS TV (@tvroscosmos) February 12, 2021
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