Nov 24, 2021 13:08 GMT
It will be attached to the Naúka (‘science’, in Spanish) multipurpose laboratory module, which arrived at the ISS at the end of last July.
This Wednesday, November 24, the Russian Soyuz-2.1b rocket took off with the Progress M-UM space freighter on board from the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan) to deliver the new module to the Russian orbital segment of the International Space Station (ISS). nodal Prichal.
Prichal, named after the Russian word for dock or berth, will be attached to the Naúka (‘science’) multipurpose laboratory module, which arrived at the ISS at the end of last July. It is the first laboratory module sent into space by Russia in the last 11 years.
The new Russian module-laboratory ‘Naúka’ was docked to the ISS on July 29. Its launch took place on July 21 from the Baikonur cosmodrome and is the first module sent into space by Russia in the last 11 years.
It is 13 meters long, weighs more than 20 tons and has 56-square-meter solar panels. It replaced the Pirs docking module, which was in service for 20 years.
It is intended for conducting scientific research and experiments. It is expected to contribute to the development of the Russian part of the ISS and in the future it could even serve as the basis for a new independent Russian orbital platform.