Russia Launches Progress Freighter to ISS

Progress MS-02 launch (Credit: Roscosmos)
Progress MS-02 launch (Credit: Roscosmos)

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan, March 31, 2016 (Roscosmos PR) — On March 31, 2016 at 19:24 MSK carrier rocket Soyuz-2.1a to transport cargo vehicle (THC) Progress MS-02 was successfully launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

After 8 minutes, 45 seconds after the launch,  Progress MS-02 cleanly separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle, and began to carry out the flight program for 2 daily chart rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). The docking with the ISS is scheduled for April 2, 2016 at 21:01 MSK.

The vehicle rendezvous with the ISS and docking to the service module docking module Zvezda is planned to be carried out in automatic mode, under the control of the Lead Operational experts Russian ISS segment management group in the Mission Control Center and Russian members of the ISS crew.

THC Progress MS-02 will deliver to the ISS about 2.5 tons of cargo, including fuel components, oxygen, water and gas supplies, equipment for scientific experiments, medical support funds, as well as containers with food rations, expendables, spare parts tools, parcels for the crew, etc.

In addition, the space truck will deliver to the ISS a microsatellite Tomsk-TPU-120, the launch of which is planned to be implemented during the exit astronauts into space. The satellite is a compact, but complete spacecraft with solar panels, battery, on-board radio equipment and other scientific instruments. Its peculiarity is that the body of the satellite was “printed” the 3D-printer.

Main satellite mission – research and education, the developer – Tomsk Polytechnic University, with which RSC Energia working within the framework of a strategic partnership agreement.

Transport cargo ship new modification Progress MS is designed JSC RSC Energia”named after SP Korolev “and is the result of deep modernization of the ship Progress M: a new command and telemetry system retrofit onboard radio system convergence  Kurs-NA, More anti-meteoroid protection and digital control units and the transport ship berthing orientation. Most of the technical solutions embodied in the design of Progress MS will be used to create a manned transport spacecraft (PTC) of new generation, which is being developed RSC Energia.