UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Russian experts are preparing to launch a new unit dedicated to the International Space Station, Russian space industry sources told RIA.
Experts at Russia’s Khrushchev Center on Wednesday sent a Proton-M rocket, which will carry the new Nauca (science) unit to Kazakhstan’s Baikonur space station.
The transfer will take between six and seven days, and after arriving at the base, the missile will be placed in a large storage unit, and experts will be testing all parts in preparation for the launch with the new unit, on 8 November next year.
The “Nauca” to be carried by the rocket, is a versatile unit will be sent to the International Space Station to operate as a scientific laboratory.
Russia’s Khrushchev has been working on the unit since 1995, but its production has stalled several times for technical and material reasons.
The unit was due to be launched in 2014, but the launch was also stalled by modifications to its Proton missiles.
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