A clog in the fuel tanks of the module for the ISS will eliminate using specstanok

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Contamination in the tanks of the fuel system of the Multipurpose laboratory module (MLM) will be eliminated with the help of a special device that’s already made, said in an interview with RIA Novosti, Dmitry Panov, General Director of NPO «Tekhnomash», a leading enterprise of state Corporation «Roscosmos» Federal space programme in the area of new technologies.

Earlier it was reported that the MLM launch to the International space station (ISS) has been again postponed from late 2017 into 2018 because of the clogging is detected in the fuel system. To solve the problem without cutting the fuel tanks of the module was unrealistic.

«Together with the specialists of the Khrunichev Center (the developer MLM) we are considering all possible options to bring the fuel tanks to the requirements of the documentation. The complexity of the design of the tanks does not allow to conduct such operations without cutting, and therefore the developed method of cleaning fuel tanks designed by plant for treatment, it is being produced. All works are on schedule,» said gentry.

Launches of «Proton» was suspended on 9 June 2016, when the orbit of the satellite Intelsat-31 suddenly appeared abnormal operation of the second stage of «Proton» — its the engine shut down prematurely. Due to the operational change programme of the third stage and the upper stage «breeze-M» spacecraft put into orbit still managed. Later the Commission of experts of «Rosatom» came to the conclusion on the separate defects in the Assembly of the engines on the «Voronezh mechanical factory» (VMZ).

Then the General Director of NPO «Energomash» Igor Arbuzov said in an interview with RIA Novosti that all of the defective engines RD-0210/0211 and RD-0213/0214 in number of 71 units for the second and third stages of the carrier rockets «proton» was returned back to VMZ. According to the conclusions of specialists of Roskosmos, when soldering components on the enterprise had used solder, not complying with technical documentation.

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