Progress MS-02 docks to ISS

Progress MS-02 spacecraft is the second of the new line of upgraded MS spacecrafts.
Read my updated post covering the Progress MS-01 here.

Progress MS-02 (63P) was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Thursday Mar 31, 2016 taking the long way round to the Station, not using the fast six hour launch-to-docking flight profile in order to give engineers a chance to put the spacecraft through a number of tests involving the new MS systems that are set to premiere on the crewed Soyuz spacecraft in June.

The MS upgrade includes the new KURS-NA system, reducing mass over its predecessor by eliminating a number of antennas while increasing accuracy and flexibility. The Progress craft is outfitted with additional debris panels and an external compartment for future satellite deployments.

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The Progress lined up with the aft of the Zvezda Service Module that had been vacated by Progress M-29M. Contact and capture occurred on Saturday Apr 2, 2016.

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This was the second of three cargo craft set to arrive at ISS in a period of just three weeks. First was the Cygnus OA-6 and next is the SpaceX Dragon expected to lift off on Friday Apr 8th.

Download Progress MS-02 paper model: Updated
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The Progress MS papermodel

During my previous post about the Progress MS-01, I missed some important details regarding the new Kurs-NA antenna. After reviewing several photos I was able to update the file for the Progress M paper model at my website, and in the process of researching for more information about the Kurs-NA, I discovered that this antenna was tested on previous Progress flights, therefore I created 2 new Progress M variants with the new Kurs-NA antenna.

The Kurs-NA antenna was first tested on Progress M-15M (47P) in 2012. During the mission, the Progress was fitted with the old Kurs-A antennas and with the new Kurs-NA antenna.

Download file: ProgressM15M

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The second Kurs-NA system retest was done in 2014 during Progress M-21M (53P). On this mission, the Progress sported the new Kurs-NA antenna only, like the MS configuration.

Download file: ProgressM21M

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Closeup photos of the Progress Papermodel upgrades

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The above photos show in detail the Progress M models with the addition of new small parts making them more accurate. The MS model has the new Kurs-NA antenna which replaces other antennas from the old Progress M.
Enjoy the upgraded Progress models!!

Source: Spaceflight101.com

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