Since November 2nd, 2000, Roscosmos took care to have a continuous human presence in the laboratory International Space Station (ISS) has on orbit. The partnership between the ISS and the Russian Space Agency has proven to be lucrative for both sides during the years.
On April 25 this year, Roscosmos has successfully launched Soyuz-2.1a from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazakhstan. The Rocket of Victory, as it is often called, put the spacecraft in the orbit, just as was calculated to do due to the advanced injection systems with which the engines on the booster and the first stage were amended.
Another improvement of the 2.1a version of Soyuz is the conversion of the flight control system from analog to digital, which enabled the Chief Operation Group of the Russian ISS segment flight control in Korolev to take control of the flight and maneuver the spacecraft so to bring the payload safe on the ISS.
Roscosmos Sent Payload To The ISS
After an extremely fast flight of only 3 hours, the Progress MS-14 cargo spacecraft docked to the Zvezda module of the Russian ISS segment. Progress MS-14 was loaded with over two tons of cargo necessary for the activity carried on the orbit-laboratory.
It was an important mission, with the lab and people on the ISS. That cargo consisted of 650 kilograms of fuel, 46 kilograms of compressed gasses, 1.35 tons of water, food supplies, medicines, sanitary hygienic materials for the crew. It also included hardware for ISS onboard systems and equipment for scientific experiments.
This plan was executed three times before by Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, a part of Roscosmos. Progress MS-09 took payload on the ISS in July 2018, Progress MS-11 did it in April 2019, and Progress MS-12 in July 2019.
Soyuz-2.1a from Roscosmos is the first mission using the technology that enables the deployment to the ISS to be done at such speed and the Russian agency dedicated the launch to the 75th Anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945.