Russian module "Science" is completely ready


All official work on MLM Nauka has been completed. The module is being prepared for shipment to the Baikonur cosmodrome, which is to take place on August 6. After the final tests in the assembly and testing building, the 20-ton apparatus will be assembled from the Proton-M LV. The launch of the module to the ISS is scheduled for April 2021.


It is worth recalling that the creation of MLM "Science" has been going on for a quarter of a century. Development started back in 1995. At the same time, in fact, the construction of the module began in 2004.

It was assumed that "Nauka" would be ready by 2007, but the transfer for testing at RSC Energia took place only in 2013. However, this is not all. This was followed by numerous postponements of launches, and only in 2017 their reason became known. It turns out that back in the same 2013, pollution was found in the fuel tanks of the module.

Now, after eliminating all the problems, the "long-suffering" module will finally be sent to the ISS.

Nauka will become a multifunctional laboratory where Russian cosmonauts can conduct numerous experiments. Due to the large number of universal seats, the module can be equipped with a wide variety of research equipment.

In addition, now our scientists will have the opportunity to conduct experiments in open space using a special robotic arm ERA, which has several attachment points to the module and can "move" along its outer surface.

And, finally, it is worth noting separately the presence of a separate cabin in MLM. After the successful flight of the American spacecraft Crew Dragon to the ISS, this issue has become especially urgent. If NASA begins to fully use its own transport system, the composition of Russian crews may increase to three people. Therefore, our segment will require an extra bed.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 3 August 2020 14: 28
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    And, finally, it is worth noting separately the presence of a separate cabin in MLM. After the successful flight of the American spacecraft Crew Dragon to the ISS, this issue has become especially urgent. If NASA begins to fully use its own transport system, the composition of Russian crews may increase to three people. Therefore, our segment will require an extra bed.

    It's kind of vague .... How will Dragon entail an increase in Russian crews to 3 people? Americans can carry on their ship as much as they like. What do we have to do with it? Or earlier, 3 cosmonauts were not sent to the Union? An extra bed, of course, is useful, in the module, by the way, there will also be a toilet, but the rationale is strange. Have our cosmonauts slept with the Americans before or are they planning to rent their bed to them? If they plan to increase the size of the crew, because now there is where to live and work, then this is a completely normal explanation. What does Dragon have to do with it? request Was it a ritual "Ku" towards the Americans? Say, they lived in orphanage for so many years, but now the Americans were honored to finish their ship and thanks to us we will be able to send one more astronaut to the ISS?
    1. Cyril Offline Cyril
      Cyril (Kirill) 3 August 2020 16: 31
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      It's kind of vague .... How will Dragon entail an increase in Russian crews to 3 people?

      It is very simple - they will not fly on Soyuz, thus, instead of 2 Russian cosmonauts and 1 American astronaut, 3 Russians will be able to fly in each of its flights.
      1. 123 Offline 123
        123 (123) 3 August 2020 16: 44
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        It is very simple - they will not fly on Soyuz, thus, instead of 2 Russian cosmonauts and 1 American astronaut, 3 Russians will be able to fly in each of its flights.

        I would not like to return to this topic, we were already discussing decently, there they have a girl preparing for a flight to the Union, they discussed the flights of Russians on an American ship. If my memory serves me, you yourself were happy about it and insisted that it was extremely useful. Has something changed and you changed your point of view?
        In addition, launches of the Unions with 2 cosmonauts were not uncommon before.
        I believe that if the number of astronauts in orbit will increase, it will only be because there will be a place for their accommodation and a "production base", the module will allow them to find something to do.
        1. Cyril Offline Cyril
          Cyril (Kirill) 3 August 2020 16: 58
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          I would not like to return to this topic, we were already discussing decently, there they have a girl preparing for a flight to the Union, they discussed the flights of Russians on an American ship. If my memory serves me, you yourself were happy about it and insisted that it was extremely useful. Has something changed and you changed your point of view?

          No, I'm just explaining how Dragon's launch into operation contributes to an increase in the number of Russian cosmonauts on the ISS. There are 2 options:
          - Americans fly on their own, we fly on ours - as a result, 3 Russians will fly on Soyuz, not 2.
          - Americans and Russians exchange places on ships - as a result, 2 Russians each fly on the Soyuz, 1 each on the Dragon.

          In both cases, the launch of the "Dragon" into operation contributes to the fact that our astronauts fly more.

          I believe that if the number of astronauts in orbit will increase, it will only be because there will be a place for their accommodation and a "production base", the module will allow them to find something to do.

          The number is also influenced by the availability of free seats at the station itself, and on the delivery ships. "Unions" are not made in a couple of days.
      2. Oleg Shlyapin Offline Oleg Shlyapin
        Oleg Shlyapin (oleg shlyapin) 4 August 2020 14: 25
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        2. There is no money from Roscosmos for three. In addition, in the coming years, the budget of this organization will be cut by 60 billion rubles. for the period 2021-2023.
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  2. beeper Offline beeper
    beeper 3 August 2020 14: 38
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    Remembering the "indistinct (not fully clarified to the public, which began very loudly and resonantly inflated, but then quietly" released on the brakes "?!) story" allegedly "deliberately (unintentionally) drilled on the ground" by the skin of the Russian spacecraft, Is everything okay with the skin for this "long-suffering module" ??!
    Will there be some "pressure leaks" (especially after the American astronauts and astronauts) in the Russian module "Nauka", and again, allegedly "through the fault of insidious bunglers (were they found guilty or not?)" ?! winked
    1. 123 Offline 123
      123 (123) 9 August 2020 14: 31
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      Will there be some "pressure leaks" (especially after the American astronauts and astronauts) in the Russian module "Nauka", and again, allegedly "through the fault of insidious bunglers (were they found guilty or not?)" ?!

      Apparently they won't show up. The module is docked "on the edge" so that outsiders do not run around there.
      1. beeper Offline beeper
        beeper 9 August 2020 15: 19
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        So the last time it was "on the edge" and "outsiders" guessed the moment when both Russians were absent for a long time - they worked in open space ?! winked
        1. 123 Offline 123
          123 (123) 9 August 2020 15: 25
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          So the last time it was "on the edge" and "outsiders" guessed the moment when both Russians were absent for a long time - they worked in open space ?!

          Maybe they took into account the experience and finished the "burglar alarm", that's why it took so long? laughing

  3. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 3 August 2020 16: 32
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    At the end of the ISS operation, we will finally be able to launch it. Probably.
  4. Oleg Shlyapin Offline Oleg Shlyapin
    Oleg Shlyapin (oleg shlyapin) 3 August 2020 17: 04
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    How long have they been preparing it, twenty years? Have they been talking about readiness for about six years? smile
  5. What a whopper!
    1. Oleg Shlyapin Offline Oleg Shlyapin
      Oleg Shlyapin (oleg shlyapin) 3 August 2020 20: 33
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      There is nothing huge there.