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"Roskosmos" lied with the "Science"

The multifunctional laboratory module "Science" will receive the fuel tanks of the upper stage "Frigate". This was reported to TASS by a source in the rocket and space industry following a meeting held in the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia with the participation of Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Roscosmos.

“It was decided to produce new fuel tanks for the Nauka module instead of clogged with chips, similar to those used in the Fregat upper stage,” the agency’s source said.

According to him, “the old tanks cannot be cleaned, and it does not make sense, because, apart from the problems with clogging, they were made with violations and microcracks 18 years ago”. The source added that the design of the tanks from the upper stage and the module is 90 percent identical with each other.

Revision of "Science" is planned to be held in the "Energy", where in August the module will be delivered from the "Khrunichev Center." The dispatch of the unit on the Proton-M rocket from Baikonur to the International Space Station (ISS) is scheduled for the summer of 2020.

In early March, Sergei Savelyev, the developer of new modules for the ISS, left Energy for Glavkosmos.

In April 2018, the general director of the Khrunichev Center, Aleksei Varachko, stated that the Nauka was completed and would be sent to the Baikonur cosmodrome by the end of 2018. “He is already completed. Our task is to deliver it to the spaceport by the end of the year, ”the manager noted.

"Science" has been built by the "Khrunichev Center" since the mid-1990s. The launch of the 20-ton module was calculated in 2007, but the dates were repeatedly postponed, twice – in 2013 and 2016 – due to the detection of contamination in the fuel tanks. In the future, "Science" should become the basis of the Russian national space station.


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