– On the “Baikonur” explore the possibility of the launch of the multipurpose laboratory module (MLM) “Nauka” for the International space station in back date in early 2019, said “Interfax” a source at the cosmodrome.
“The launch of the module according to the schedule planned in September 2018. But consider the possibilities and calculated the ballistics for a possible start in the back date in March 2019,” – said the source.
Previously, Roskosmos, confirmed the plans to launch of MLM “Nauka” for the International space station in the first half of 2018.
In turn, the head of the European space Agency (ESA) in Russia Rene Pishel reported that the launch module with the European manipulator ERA is tentatively scheduled for fall 2018.
As reported, in 2019 it is planned to complete construction of the ISS Russian segment by entering the multipurpose laboratory module, it will be done this year, node in 2018, science-power module – in 2019.
These modules should provide a fundamental technical possibility of creation of the Russian orbital station in the case of adoption of the relevant decisions.
The MLM launch was initially planned for the end of 2017, but had been previously postponed to 2018 due to the clogging is detected in the fuel system.