February 18, 2021
Categories: ISS, Progress, Russia

In accordance with the International Space Station flight schedule, on February 17, 2021 at 06:26:47 UTC, the Progress MS-16 cargo ship, which was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on February 15, was docked to the station. The docking operations were carried out by the ISS crew under the guidance of Chief Operation Control Group specialists.

The ship delivered over 2.5 tons of cargo to the ISS, necessary to maintain its crewed flight and carry out scientific and applied research on board. The cargo includes 600 kg of fuel, 420 liters of potable water for the Rodnik system , 40.5 kg of compressed gases with additional reserves of nitrogen, as well as about 1,400 kg of various equipment and materials. The ship also delivered resource equipment for onboard control and life support systems, repair and recovery kit, packages for the Russian space experiments program, medical control means and sanitary-hygienic supplies, clothes and food rations.

As part of the Russian program of scientific and applied research, the ship delivered equipment for the following scientific experiments:

  • Neurolab kits to conduct a series of medical experiments Pilot-T to study the impact of long-duration space missions on the quality of professional activities of cosmonauts (3.3 kg);
  • Aseptic experiment materials to enable developing sterility provisions while performing biological experiments (1.2 kg);
  • Photobioreactor experiment device to be used to study into the feasibility of getting food products and oxygen from algae under microgravity conditions (5.1 kg);
  • Kaskad experiment hardware to be used as a laboratory to develop efficient methods of biotechnological production of cell cultures under zero-gravity conditions (5.9 kg);
  • Biodegradation probes to ensure monitoring the composition of microorganisms in the ISS atmosphere to study their impact on structural materials in space conditions (0.2 kg).

After the airtightness checks, ISS-64 commander, Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryzhikov and ISS-64 flight engineer, Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Kud-Sverchkov will open the transfer hatches, dismantle the docking mechanism, transfer the Progress power supply system to combined power source and mothball the ship.

Beside Ryzhikov and Kud-Sverchkov, the station crew includes NASA astronauts Kathleen Rubins, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi.

More from this category:
March 28, 2019

Every year, on March 27, the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center and Star City pay tribute to the Heroes of the Soviet Union, pilot-cosmonauts, Colonel Yuri…

full story
May 14, 2014

On May 14, at 05.57, Moscow time Soyuz TMA-11M spacecraft descent module successfully landed in Kazakhstan, Zhekazgan region . The landing took place in accordance with the…

full story
May 4, 2016

First ever booster with three satellites was successfully launched from Vostochny spaceport. All systems operated nominally, satellites were orbited and separated from the booster. Russian…

full story
December 3, 2018

The “Soyuz MS-11” spacecraft successfully docked to the docking unit of the “Poisk” small research module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station…

full story
June 18, 2014

Preparation for the launch of Soyuz-ST-B with O3b space device  are under way at Soyuz launching pad in Guiana space centre (French Guiana). At the…

full story
September 29, 2014

On September 28, at 00:23, Moscow time,  Russian space industry launch crews successfully launched Proton-M booster with Briz-M upper stage and Luch space device from #81…

full story
February 24, 2014

RIA Novosti – Work on Russia’s new Far Eastern Vostochny space center will be prioritized now that the Winter Olympics in Sochi has come to an end,…

full story
June 5, 2019

On 4 June 2019, in accordance with the flight program of the International Space Station (ISS), the “Progress MS-10” cargo spaceship, having completed its mission,…

full story