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Russia launches Nauka, its first new ISS module in 11 years

Russia today used its Proton rocket to successfully place in orbit its new ISS module, Nauka, the first new Russian module in eleven years, and fourteen years after it was originally supposed to launch.

After launch and orbit insertion, the module, MLM-U Nauka, is now performing an eight day phase to the Station for an automated docking on July 29 to the nadir docking port of the Zvezda service module, a port currently occupied by the Pirs module.

Upon arrival, Nauka will become the third largest module of the Russian segment of the ISS and will add 70 cubic meters of space to the Station’s internal volume, a third Russian-side sleeping location, an additional toilet, as well as new water regeneration and oxygen production systems — augmenting some of the original systems in Zvezda that are showing their 22 year age.

The main task for the Nauka module will be to conduct scientific experiments. The pressurized compartment of the module contains 21 universal working places (URM), including four locations with sliding shelves, a glove box, a frame with an automatic rotating vibration-proof platform, and a porthole with a diameter of 426 mm for visual and instrumental observations.

The article above provides a very interesting review of Nauka’s complex and difficult history.

The leaders in the 2021 launch race:

23 China
20 SpaceX
12 Russia
3 Northrop Grumman

The U.S. still leads China 29 to 23 in the national rankings.

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3 comments

  • Mark

    So it looks like the US-Russia collaboration in the ISS program will continue past 2025.
    In April, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov stated that Russia could leave ISS in 2025. Maybe that was just political posturing.

  • Jay

    Mark,
    You are correct. All the talk about them making their own space station is just talk. The Russians will do work for anyone that will pay them. They will still be part of the ISS and they will work with the Chinese.
    I think their planned Orel spacecraft will end up the same fate as the Kliper, and they will still be using the same Soyuz spacecraft for the next twenty years.

  • Mark

    Just learned this interesting fact about the major downsizing at Roskosmos – “ Roskosmos said it made around 12 billion rubles ($160 million) in profit in 2020, according to Maksim Ovchinnikov, its top economics and finance officer. He also said the company had reduced its workforce by some 10,000 employees since 2019.” This is from an article titled ‘ A Cosmonaut Is Demoted And Russia’s Star-Crossed Space Agency Lurches. Again’. This was on the Radio Free Europe website.

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