Launch Date: March 21, 2019 Launch Window: TBA Launch Vehicle: Proton-M Launch Operator: Roscosmos Launch Site: Site 200/39, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan Payload: Nauka (20,300kg) Payload Type: Space Station Research Module Spacecraft Manufacturer: Khrunichev A Russian government-operated Proton-M rocket without upper stage will launch the
|March 21, 2019
|Site 200/39, Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
|Space Station Research Module
A Russian government-operated Proton-M rocket without upper stage will launch the Nauka Multi-Purpose Laboratory Module into orbit to become a permanent part of the International Space Station and give its Russian Segment a state-of-the-art laboratory. Providing work and living space, Nauka is the final major addition planned for ISS with launch first planned in 2009 but ending up delayed by a full decade by a string of fiascos involving the module’s processing including repeated trouble with its propulsion system needed for maneuvering it to the Space Station. The module’s design is largely based on the FGB Zarya module, the first component of ISS launched into orbit back in 1998.
? Launch Vehicle Overview: Proton-M