Russia to ship Nauka to Baikonur launch site August 10


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Russia now plans to ship its Nauka ISS module to Baikonur on August 10th, three days later than previously planned, where it will begin the final nine months of preparations for launch.

“The stage of electrical tests takes about six months together with preparations because there is a large number of systems. Scheduled operational measures take another three months from this moment to the launch. This involves direct preparations for the launch together with the provision of microbiological protection, fueling and other operations,” he explained.

Nauka will provide the Russians a second toilet on ISS, plus produce oxygen and water (from urine) for six astronauts. It will also become the cabin for a third Russian-flown astronaut, either tourist or professional.

Nauka is a quarter century in the making, its construction having started in 1995. As a government-run project, that pace matches well with SLS, Orion, the James Webb Space Telescope, and many other big government projects not related to space. The goal isn’t to accomplish anything really but to create the justification for fake jobs that can last a lifetime.

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3 comments

  • Chris Lopes

    “Nauka is a quarter century in the making, its construction having started in 1995. As a government-run project, that pace matches well with SLS”

    That’s gonna leave a mark.

  • Spectrum Shift

    I hope the Russians have failsafe engineered the toilet. Eventually there will be a Russian sponsored “tourist”, and if it can go wrong, it will.

  • LocalFluff

    Nauka? I remember that name from school. This thing will always be around., it will never go anywhere. Perhaps NASA and Roscosmos are preparing for interstellar flight? It takes forever and never gets anywhere. Like a bubble inside of old glass, moves a tiny barely visible bit per century.

    Kosmonauts have a gun onboard the ISS. Not to attempt a coup or mutiny on the ship, but because Soyuz sometimes lands in the wrong place, so that the crew has to defend themselves against bears in Siberia or China. (Well, we hit the continent, good enough!)

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