February 15, 2021

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome, final operations has begun to prepare the launch of the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket with the Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft. The teams of Roscosmos subsidiaries have started working according to the launch day schedule: at the Site No. 31 (Vostok) launch complex, additional equipment is stowed into the spacecraft to be delivered to the International Space Station, as well as preparations are underway for filling the launch vehicle with propellants.

On February 15 at 00:40 am UTC, a meeting of the State Commission is to take place, which will review the readiness of the Soyuz-2.1a space rocket with the Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft for filling and launch, which is scheduled at 04: 45:06 UTC.

The Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft will deliver to the International Space Station over 2.5 tons of cargo, including fuel for maintaining the orbit, equipment for the station, food, water and air for astronauts, packages with scientific equipment for carrying out space experiments according to the Russian program. The cargo compartment also contains a repair kit, consisting of a set of reinforcing linings with an adhesive bond, intended for temporary sealing of the detected defects in the Zvezda module Transfer Chamber.

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