Moscow (AP) — A long-delayed Russian module for the International Space Station will finally be launched this month, but the date has been postponed for a few days, the head of the national space company said Thursday.
Roscosmos coach Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter that the Nauka (science) module will be launched on July 21 from a Russian launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. The next two days may be reserved for the launch.
Russian space officials had previously said that the launch scheduled for July 15 was postponed due to the need to fix some unspecified flaws.
The launch of Nauka, also known as the multipurpose experimental module, has been repeatedly delayed due to technical issues.
Initially it was planned to rise in 2007. In 2013, experts discovered pollution in the fuel system, resulting in long and costly replacements. Other Nauka systems have also been modernized or repaired.
The 20-meter ton module is set to orbit by the Proton-M booster rocket. It aims to provide Russian astronauts aboard the Space Outpost with their own room and capabilities for laboratory research.