The Progress M-UM cargo ship with the Prichal node module for the International Space Station (ISS) was put into orbit today, on November 24, as the ‘Roscosmos’ State Space Corporation reports.
It is planned that Prichal will be the last module that Russia will introduce into its ISS segment. The flight of the module to the station will take two days. In addition to Prichal, the cargo ship will also deliver about 700 kg of various cargoes to the station, including resource equipment and consumables, water treatment facilities, medical control and sanitary and hygienic support, food rations for the crew, as well as maintenance and repair facilities.
The spacewalk during which the cosmonauts will connect Prichal to the station is scheduled for January 19, 2022. The first manned Soyuz spacecraft is due to dock with the new module on March 18, 2022.
As reminded, in July of this year, during a meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council Presidium, the Council of Chief Designers concluded that due to the ageing of a significant part of the ISS equipment, further operation of the Russian segment of the ISS after 2024 creates additional risks.
In August, the Roscosmos CEO, Dmitry Rogozin, said that the Russian national orbital station would become the prototype of modules that would go to other planets in decades. It is supposed that it will take about four years to finalize the ready-made base module for the future station.