MOSCOW (Roscosmos PR) — RSC Energia plans by the end of 2016 to complete the preliminary design of the cargo spacecraft with increased lifting capacity (TGC GHG) for the transport and logistics of the International Space Station (ISS).
The new ships will be delivered in a single flight to the station more cargo than the Progress MS, which are able to take on board not more than 2,600 kg.
General Director of RSC Energia Vladimir Solntsev said: “Development of high-load cargo vehicle is at the stage of conceptual design, which is scheduled for completion in December 2016.”
The question of the establishment of TGC increased carrying capacity became urgent after appearing on the Soyuz-2.1b launch services market an upgraded launcher with advanced features and increased payload fairing dimension. Terms of creation of the new ship was able to significantly reduce through the use of on-board systems and constructive solutions used on the cargo ship Progress MS and the Progress M-PA.
The layout of the new “truck” will be accommodated delivered goods in the cargo hold of the increased dimension with a central aisle and standard cells, which greatly simplifies the work of loading and unloading of the ship.
Increased supplies of fuel delivered and boosters increased traction will allow efficient use of the ship for the correction of the ISS orbit and provide the possibility of reducing the space station from orbit upon completion of its existence.