Monday, December 7, 2009

Russia Plans To Send 10 Spacecraft To ISS Next Year


Russia will launch four manned and six cargo supply missions to the International Space Station in 2010, space agency Roscosmos said on 4th dec 2009.

The first two Soyuz carrier rockets have been presented to the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan in preparation for next year's launches.

Roscosmos said-"The Soyuz-U rocket will deliver a Progress space freighter into orbit, and the Soyuz-FG will be utilized to launch a manned spacecraft,"
The Russian segment of the ISS currently consists of the Zarya and Zvezda modules, and the Poisk and the Pirs docking stations.

A NASA space shuttle is scheduled to deliver Russia's MRM-1 (Rassvet) module to the ISS next May, to render additional cargo storage and docking facilities for the Russian segment.

Russia intend to add a multipurpose scientific module and two energy modules to the ISS in the next 3 years and continue rotating at least two cosmonauts as part of the station's six-member crew.


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