Roscosmos Will Launch Soyuz-2 With The Progress MS-15 Spacecraft On July 23, 2020
On July 18, 2020, in the Assembly and test building of site 31 of the Baikonur cosmodrome, a joint team of specialists from the Roscosmos State Corporation completed the General Assembly of the Soyuz-2.1 a space rocket, which is to launch the Progress MS-15 transport cargo ship into Earth orbit, according to the official statement of Roscosmos.
During the work, the space head part (with the ship under the fairing) was docked with the third stage of the carrier, then this Assembly was docked to the "package" of the first and second stages. After completing the mechanical Assembly, electrical connections were made, and the assembled rocket was checked.
At 15:00 Moscow time, a meeting of the State Commission on the readiness of the Soyuz-2.1, a launch vehicle for export to the launch complex of site 31 of the cosmodrome and preparation for the upcoming launch took place at site 254. The launch of the space rocket will take place on Monday morning, July 20, 2020.
The launch of the Soyuz-2.1, a carrier rocket with the Progress MS-15 transport cargo ship is scheduled at 17:26 Moscow time on July 23, 2020. Its flight to the International space station will follow the so-called "ultra-fast" two-turn scheme, and the docking to the Russian segment of the Pirs module is scheduled at 20:47 Moscow time ±3 minutes. It will deliver supplies of fuel, water, and other cargo necessary for further operation of the station in manned mode.