Credit: Roscosmos

Russian space technicians are wrapping up testing of the long-delayed Nauka (Science) research module for the Russian segment of the International Space Station.

According to Roscosmos, ground pre-launch processing of Nauka is taking place at the assembly and testing facility of Site 254 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

This testing will be followed by the installation of the radiator panels and filling of the thermal control system circuits, as well as the final installation of the European robotic arm (ERA).

Credit: Roscosmos

Also slated is installation of solar array panels, stowage of deliverable cargos and weight check of the module, assembly of the ascent unit, loading the module tanks with propellant components, and final assembly of the integrated launch vehicle.

Cherry-picker crane

The European robotic arm will work with the new Russian airlock, to transfer small payloads directly from inside to outside the International Space Station. This will reduce the set-up time for astronauts on a spacewalk and allow ERA to work alongside astronauts.

Artist’s impression of Europe’s robotic arm, ERA.
Credit: ESA/D.Ducros

Another task for ERA is to transport astronauts like a cherry-picker crane to a position where they can work on the exterior of the ISS, or from one external location to another. This again saves time and effort during spacewalks.

The hardware is to be launched to ISS this summer,

Go to this Roscosmos Media video of Nauka testing at:

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