The module “Science” was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome to the ISS
Multifunctional laboratory module “Science” was launched to the ISS from the Baikonur cosmodrome on the “Proton-M” rocket, RIA Novosti reports. The launch took place at 17:58 Moscow time.
The construction of Nauka began in 1997 and was planned to be launched in 2007, but it was not possible to do this on time. The launch was delayed for many years.
The flight of the Proton-M rocket after separation from the launch pad and before the module is placed into orbit will continue for 9.5 minutes. 123 seconds after the start, the first stage will separate. At the 331st second – the second, and then – the head fairing, under which during the flight phase in the atmosphere “Science” is hidden.
At the 580th second, the third stage will put the module into an elliptical orbit, after which its systems will turn on and the solar panels will open. The flight will last eight days. Connecting Nauka to the Russian segment of the ISS will require 10 spacewalks.
Today it also became known that “Nauka” was launched into low-earth orbit.
Earlier it was reported about the postponement of the Soyuz launch from Baikonur. The launch of the British communications satellites OneWeb by the Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Baikonur cosmodrome, scheduled for August 5, has been postponed for at least a week.