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Progress MS-20 to be launched to the ISS in June 1st week

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

The Russian cargo ship will carry propellant and supplies and a 3D-Printer to the Exp-67 crew of ISS, on its 81st supply mission to space

Soyuz 2.1a and Progress MS-20 Spacecraft been installed on the launch pad No. 31 (Vostok) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome (Roscosmos)

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a (serial no; S15000-052) carrier rocket with the Progress MS-20 spacecraft is scheduled for June 3, 2022 at 09:32:59 UTC.

The spacecraft flight program provides for an ultra-fast two-orbit autonomous rendezvous scheme with the delivery to the ISS of about 2,500 kg of cargo, including refueling fuel, supplies of drinking water and compressed gases, as well as 1,458 kg of various equipment and materials for the crew of the 67th long-term expedition.

The launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a No. C15000-052 with the Progress MS-20 cargo spacecraft (No. 450) has been installed on the launch pad No. 31 (Vostok) of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the press service of Roscosmos reports. Work began on the schedule of the first launch day.

Infographic by S,I and HDE

Onboard, the Progress MS-20 Contains a list of Items to deliver for the Ongoing expedition;

RKK Energiya has developed a 3D printer for the ISS

RKK Energiya named after S.P. Korolev (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation), together with Tomsk Polytechnic University and Tomsk State University, have developed a 3D printer for use in the Orbital Laboratory.

Using a thermoplastic polymer printer, samples and parts that are used in large quantities on board the station will be printed by layer-by-layer application of a molten polymer thread (filament).

The resulting 3D printing samples will be returned to Earth to study the mechanical characteristics of products made using additive technologies (layer-by-layer growth and synthesis of objects). This will allow a comprehensive study of the impact of microgravity on 3D printing.

The first to work with a 3D printer will be the crew of the ISS-67 expedition — Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev, Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov. The 3D printer is scheduled to be delivered to the Russian segment of the ISS on the Progress MS-20. Over time, the device can become part of the station's standard equipment for upcoming missions.

The development of additive technologies at the station will open up new opportunities for domestic astronautics to use 3D printing in the future. For example, in lunar expeditions, astronauts will no longer depend on the delivery of the necessary components and structures on transport ships from the Earth, but will be able to print them directly in space, which will allow reaching a new level of performing various kinds of tasks.

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