October 25, 2021

Soyuz-2.1a booster with Progress MS-18 was rolled out from the integration building installed on the launchpad.  The rocket was decorated with Gorodets painting  to celebrate 800-years anniversary of Nizhny Novgorod.

“According to State commission decision Soyuz-2.1a booster with Progress MS-18 cargo vehicle was rolled out and transported to the launchpad #31”, – Roscosmos press office reports.

The launch of Progress cargo vehicle is scheduled for October 28, 03.00, Moscow time. The vehicle will dock to Zvezda module of Russian ISS segment at 04.34, Moscow time . Progress will deliver to the station about 1,5 tons of various cargoes including life-limited equipment, tools and devices for extravehicular activities, health control and  sanitary equipment, clothes, foodstuff, fresh fruit, vegetables and experiments kits.

The rocket was decorated in celebration of 800 years anniversary of ancient Russian city Nizhny Novgorod. Designs imitating Gorodets painting were pictured on the side blocks of the first and the third stages of the rocket.

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