Russian segment of the ISS can be the basis for spaceships.. / August 24, 2009 /
If the partner countries on the International Space Station will not come to a consensus on the continuation of the life of the ISS after 2015, based on Russias segment will be to build a new station. This opinion was expressed at the MAKS-2009 President, General Designer of Rocket and Space Corporation «Energy» Vitaly Lopota.
«On the basis of Russias remaining modules will be to establish a base for the new space station that could serve as" the assembly shop "for preparing the spacecraft for interplanetary missions», told the ITAR-Tass Lopota, which participates in the ongoing air show in Zhukovsky near Moscow Air Show 2009.
Speaking about the development plans of Russias segment of the ISS, head of «Energy» reported that by 2015 Russias segment of the prirastet three modules. Small Research Module MIM-2 will be launched to the ISS in November this year (the exact launch date will be known later); him to join the service module «Zvezda». In April 2010 the module «Dawn» will be docked element MIM-1, which will be equipped with another docking port to receive ships «Soyuz-TMA».
And in 2011 into an orbit must go heavy Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM), which «will increase the volume of carried out research and experiments on Russias program, including on the outer surface of the station». According to experts, with the arrival in orbit MLM increase comfort for the crew, as well as improved working conditions for the astronauts during EVA.
In addition, the planned commissioning of the Russia segment of additional modules units in 2012, scientific and energy BEP-1 and BEP-2 in 2014 and 2015, respectively. The introduction of these modules will increase the energy potential of Russia segment and will significantly increase the possibility of the national program of scientific and applied research and experiments.
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