The State Corporation “Roscosmos” informs that work on the implementation of space programs in 2021 has begun at the Baikonur cosmodrome. We are talking about launching spacecraft under the International Space Station (ISS) program and Earth remote sensing satellites (ERS).
In particular, the Progress MS-16 transport cargo vehicle and the Soyuz MS-18 manned spacecraft are being deactivated in the assembly and testing building.
The launch of the Progress MS-16 spacecraft is scheduled for February 15th. It will deliver fuel and gas supplies, scientific equipment, and a special repair kit to the ISS to repair a crack in the Zvezda module that is causing an air leak.
As for the manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-18, its launch is scheduled for April 9. It will deliver another long-term expedition into orbit.
It is also reported that work is underway at Baikonur to prepare the Fregat upper stage, which is designed to launch the first Arktika-M spacecraft into low-Earth orbit. This satellite is designed to monitor the Earth’s surface and the seas of the Arctic Ocean, as well as to provide telecommunications services.
In the coming days, the device “Arktika-M” will arrive at Baikonur. The launch of the satellite into orbit is tentatively scheduled for the end of February.
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