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From Anatoly Zak:
How MLM Nauka module's tanks will be repaired

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Latest Nauka news: "Washing Machine" for the contaminated propellant tanks ready:
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Latest from Anatoly Zak: The practice run resulted in a leaky test article, so the schedule is under evaluation again.  Launch date is currently NET February 2019.

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We don't see never to dock this module. I'm very sad!

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"ADELAIDE, Australia—Russia does not plan to launch its new science lab to the International Space Station (ISS) until late 2018, likely prolonging the country’s scaled-down staffing of the orbital base, which frees an extra seat aboard Soyuz capsules for NASA or U.S. partners ahead of upcoming commercial space taxis."
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Anatoly Zak‏ @RussianSpaceWeb 26s27 seconds ago

The launch of the #MLM module to #ISS set for March 2019. DETAILS:

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The launch of the MLM module advanced to 2018

On November 2, Director General of RKK Energia Vladimir Solntsev met with the Head of Roskosmos Igor Komarov, who insisted on launching the MLM module before the end of 2018, probably due to political pressure from the Kremlin. To accommodate this requirement, RKK Energia drafted a new timeline, which was approved by the company's leadership on November 3.

The new schedule set the launch of the MLM module for Dec. 20, 2018, followed by its docking at the Russian Segment of the station on Dec. 29, 2018.

According to the latest timeline, the arrival of the module will take place during Expedition 58, which will begin onboard the ISS at the end of October 2018. Shortly after the launch of the MLM module, the Pirs Docking Compartment, SO1, will be undocked from the nadir (Earth-facing) port of the Zvezda Service Module, SM, to make room for the new arrival.

The discarding of Pirs will now be delegated to the Progress MS-09 spacecraft, which is scheduled for launch on June 13, 2018. Progress MS-09 will tug Pirs away from the station and then direct it into the Earth's atmosphere to burn up over the ocean.

In order to leave Earth before the end of 2018, the MLM/Nauka module would have to be shipped to the launch site in Baikonur in March. In case the processing team in Baikonur worked around the clock, the spacecraft could be ready for launch in seven months, leaving up to two months in reserve. However, experts familiar with the matter saw even the March 2019 launch date as overly ambitious and estimated that it would be more realistic to plan the launch around May 2019.

The situation is complicated by the fact that in October, a Roskosmos representative warned that RKK Energia would have only one chance to push the schedule beyond the previously approved launch date in June 2018, before heavy fines would kick in against the company.

The latest schedule is yet to be officially approved by Roskosmos.
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