New Russian node module set for launch to ISS in mid-2014

The launch of the new russian node module to International Space Station is planned in the next year, according to Vitaly Lopota, the director of RSC Energia.

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The Russian node module will have six docking ports

"The launch of the node module with a Progress M-UM cargo spacecraft is scheduled for mid-2014 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome," - he said.

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The launch configuration of the Russian node module

The module will have six docking ports. It will be a hub port for new Russian scientific modules and russian Soyuz and Progress spacecrafts.

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