BAIKONUR, November 21. / TASS /. The Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket with Progress M-UM spacecraft and the Prichal nodal module has been installed at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site No. 31(Vostok), the TASS correspondent reported on Sunday.
The work kicked off on the site in line with the schedule of the first launch day.
The launch of a Progress M-UM spacecraft with the Prichal nodal module atop a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan is targeted for 16:06 Moscow time on November 24. The cargo spacecraft-module’s docking with the Russian Nauka multi-purpose laboratory module that parked with the orbital outpost on July 29 is scheduled for November 26. Earlier, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said that the new module would boost the capabilities of Russian spaceships, including the latest Oryol spacecraft, to dock with the ISS.
Furthermore, the spacecraft-module is also due to deliver about 700 kg of various cargo to the ISS, including expendable equipment and consumables, water purification, medical control and sanitation means, maintenance and repair tools, as well as standard food rations for the 66th Main Expedition crew.