Russian experts create 3D model of Palmyra to be handed over to DamascusSociety & Culture October 19, 16:52
Moscow disappointed by Dutch side's 'biased' approach to MH17 crash investigationRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 16:33
Meet Putin's presidential challenger - 'It Girl' turned 'anti-establishment' choiceRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 19, 16:13
New missiles for Russia’s Iskander-M system to help counter nuclear threat — senatorMilitary & Defense October 19, 16:09
Assad says defeating terrorists in Syria ruins West’s schemesWorld October 19, 15:52
Russia’s Natural Resources Ministry to increase environmental fee for plasticsBusiness & Economy October 19, 15:39
British BP considers participating in several new projects of RosneftBusiness & Economy October 19, 15:35
Polish lawmaker sees no reason to demolish Soviet Army monumentsWorld October 19, 14:53
Russian large anti-submarine warfare ship calls at Egyptian portMilitary & Defense October 19, 14:40
KOROLEV /Moscow region/, April 2. /TASS/. The second new generation Russian cargo vehicle Progress-MS has docked the International Space Station (ISS) automatically, an official at the Russian mission control center told TASS on Saturday.
"Docking of the spacecraft with the ISS was held at a designated time," he said.
A Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the Progress MS-02 cargo ship atop blasted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 31. It was a second launch of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket with space vehicle of the Progress family since the April 2015 incident, when the unmanned cargo spacecraft was damaged and failed to enter the designated orbit. The first launch of a Progress vehicle with a Soyuz-2.1a rocket was held last December.
While the cargo spacecraft was on its way toward the ISS, new systems were tested similar to the ones which will be used in the first manned flight of a new series spacecraft Soyuz-MS due in June 2016.
The Progress vehicle is carrying to the ISS more than 2,500 tons of cargoes, including fuel, air, foodstuffs and life support equipment as well as parcels for the crew members.
Earlier, Aleksandr Agureyev, the head of a department at the Biomedical Problems Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told TASS that the cargo craft would deliver a standard set of fresh fruit and vegetables to the space station: apples, grapefruits, oranges, onions and garlic. "The cosmonauts have not asked for more products apart from their usual menu by April 12 (Cosmonautics Day - eds. TASS)," he said.
Among other items on board the cargo spacecraft is the world’s first-ever microsatellite. Its hull was printed on a 3D-printer. The satellite, designed and made at the Tomsk Polytechnic University - Tomsk-TPU-120, will be put in space from the ISS when the crew make a spacewalk.
Most of the satellite’s parts and components were printed with the use of plastic, while the electric battery unit is the world’s first one to have been made of zirconium with the use of 3D printing technology.
The previous cargo spacecraft of a new generation - Progress MS-01 - was launched on 21 December 2015 and the next - Progress MS-03 - is due to blast off to the ISS on 4 July 2016.