Cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy readies Pirs Module for undocking from the Russian segment of the International Space Station.
Credit: Roscosmos

 

Work is underway on the International Space Station to receive Russia’s new Nauka Multifunctional Laboratory Module.

The Nauka Module is set for a ride atop a Proton-M booster on July 21.

Meanwhile, crewmembers on the ISS are preparing the Pirs Module for undocking from the Russian segment of the ISS. Pirs is to be undocked from the ISS by the Progress MS-16 cargo vehicle on July 23, then ditched into the Pacific Ocean some 4 hours later.

Pirs module: years of use

Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov worked together with ground controllers to split the hydraulic circuit and docking unit control communications through the Progress MS-16 cargo vehicle, and checked the docking unit and its systems. After that, the crew took readings from all systems and assemblies of the module.

Russian Pirs Module is to be dumped into the Pacific Ocean.
Credit: NASA

The Pirs Module was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on September 15, 2001; the hardware was docked to the nadir port of the Zvezda Service Module of the ISS Russian Segment. Over the years, Pirs has been used as an additional berthing port for the Soyuz crewed and Progress cargo spacecraft, as well as an airlock for spacewalks under the Russian program.

The Pirs Docking Compartment consists of a sealed hull and features equipment, service systems and structural elements that ensure spacewalks. The outer side of the hull is covered with thick protection panels and screen-vacuum thermal insulation.

Two active and passive docking nodes are located along the longitudinal axis of Pirs. The active docking node is designed for sealed connection with the Zvezda Service Module. The passive docking node on the opposite side is designed for sealed connection with the Soyuz and Progress ships.

Russia’s new Nauka Multifunctional Laboratory Module.
Credit: Roscosmos

Nauka Multifunctional Laboratory Module logo.
Credit: Roscosmos

Nauka logo

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome, active preparations are underway for the July 21 liftoff of the Nauka Module.

Roscosmos has published a Nauka Multifunctional Laboratory Module logo. The module is depicted in its operational configuration: with the European Robotic Arm (ERA) manipulator deployed, open porthole, and an airlock. The Russian tricolor encircling the module is referring to its origin. The name of the module (НАУКА) “science” is placed along the circumference of the emblem together with the year of its launch, the launch site (БАЙКОНУР, the Baikonur Cosmodrome) and the Proton-M carrier rocket (ПРОТОН-М) to take it into near-Earth orbit.

 

 

 

For a detailed look at the Nauka Module, go to this informative site posted by Roscosmos at:

https://www.roscosmos.ru/31395/

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