Russian Space Lab Module Passes Final Trials
July 12, 2020 (EIRNS)—Russian news service TASS reports that the Nauka multi-functional laboratory module, built for the International Space Station (ISS), has successfully passed its final trials in a vacuum chamber. Space agency Roscosmos has reported that Nauka will be transported to the Baikonur spaceport on July 21-23.
The current plan is for the module to be sent into orbit to join the ISS in the second quarter of 2021. One example experiment is called Vampire; it will create crystals for the latest infrared sensors that will be used on satellites of the Sfera orbital grouping.
The Nauka module will be able to generate oxygen for six people, and regenerate water from urine; and it will provide a second toilet and room for a third crew member. It will also use the European Robotic Arm (ERA) to help perform several operations without the need for spacewalks.