RSC Energia Designing New Cargo Ship to Replace Progress

Energia_logoMOSCOW (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.

  • I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I don’t think either the current Progress replacement or Federatsia are going to see the light of day in their current iterations. There’s not enough commonality between the two, Federatsia is overweight and they use 2 different launch vehicles. In addition, Federatsia needs a composite pressure vessel (a material that Energia has almost zero experience with) to go on a diet and be launched on a lightly tested vehicle. When all 3 American crew capsules use good ole aluminum, you can be sure that composites were looked at and rejected.

    If they proposed a metal crewed and uncrewed Federatsia, to launch on the same vehicle and carry maybe 4 people, and it could launch on a Soyuz 2, (or maybe even Angara) them I’d believe this was a serious proposal.

  • Lee

    Not to mention the fact that it’s hard to take a company seriously when they can’t even hire a translator who can translate their press releases into intelligible English. It’s pathetic, really.