UEC Puts Cargo Spacecraft into Orbit

UEC Puts Cargo Spacecraft into Orbit

Photo: TsENKI / Roscosmos

RD-107A/RD-108A series rocket engines produced by the Samara enterprise of United Engine Corporation have successfully launched the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle with a Progress-18 transport cargo vehicle within the scope of the Russian program of the International Space Station. 

The launch of the Soyuz-2.1a space rocket with the Progress MS-18 cargo transport vehicle took place on October 28 at 3 AM Moscow time from launch site number 31 of the Baikonur space launch complex (Vostok). The RD-107A/RD-108A rocket engines installed at the first and second stages of the carrier operated correctly. 

As part of work on the support of the launch vehicle engines, the experts of UEC-Kuznetsov provide thorough debugging and field testing of vehicles designed for space programs as well as vital engine pre-launch maintenance. 

The spacecraft will deliver about 2.5 tons of various cargo to the International Space Station, including dry cargo, fuel for the combined propulsion and refueling systems, water and compressed gases, scientific equipment, and life support system components as well as containers with food, clothing, medical supplies, and personal hygiene products for the crew members.