The Russian cargo vehicle Progress MS-17 will be launched under the International Space Station (ISS) program at the end of the next quarter. This was reported on the pages of the latest issue of the magazine “Russian Space”, published on the website of the state corporation Roscosmos.
On February 15, we recall, the Progress MS-16 spacecraft went into orbit. It was docked to the ISS manually on 17 February. The ship delivered cargo with a total mass of more than 2.5 tons to the station, including a device for detecting microcracks and a repair kit for eliminating air leaks.
Reportedly, Progress MS-16 will be part of the ISS until the launch of the Nauka module. It is planned that this “truck” will leave the station together with the “Pirs” module and go out of orbit over the Pacific Ocean, freeing the docking station for receiving “Science”.
As for the Progress MS-17 apparatus, it was originally planned to launch it on March 29, but then the terms were revised. Now the estimated launch date is June 30th.
The shift in the date led to a change in the plan for the delivery of scientific equipment for research on board the station. Equipment for experiments “Biodegradation”, “Aseptic”, “Cascade” and “Photobioreactor” was delivered ahead of schedule on the Progress MS-16 spacecraft on 17 February. And the materiel for scientific work “Mikrovir”, “MSK-2” and “Biopolymer” will go to the ISS on the manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS-18” in April.
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