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    Russia will launch upgraded Progress-MS cargo spacecraft in 2015
    Russian Aviaton » Friday January 24, 2014 19:06 MSK

    The upgraded Progress-MS cargo spacecraft will start performing flights to the International Space Station in 2015. The improvements are implemented step by step and are tested using Progress-M spacecraft, RIA Novosti reports with reference to deputy head of S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation “Energiya”, Nikolai Bryukhanov.

    "The launch of first Progress-MS is scheduled for the second half of 2015. Roscosmos has approved performance specifications and specified the list of required improvements", — Bryukhanov said.

    According to him, the important changes will be made in design of many devices that showed good results onboard Progress-M cargo spacecraft.

    "In particular onboard radio-technical system Kvant-V with antenna-feeder devices will be replaced by a new single downlink TM system EKTS. In addition, the existing Kurs-A rendezvous and docking system will be replaced by the new one – Kurs-NA allowing using of advanced hardware components and launching production of the components in Russia", — he said.

    The upgraded spacecraft will also be fitted with additional protection from space debris and micrometeorites. In order to increase fault-tolerance of the docking mechanism and docking interface sealing the spacecraft will be fitted with backup electric motors.

    Progress-MS will be equipped with a new headlight with light-emitting diodes. State-of-the-art satellite navigation system will be used instead of orbit radio monitoring system (part of guidance, navigation and control system).

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