Days after the newly arrived Nauka module led to a significant mishap on the Area Station, Russia is shifting forward with plans to dock the primary spacecraft to the part. The Russian house company ROSCOSMOS mentioned that the Yuri Gagarin spacecraft will dock with the Nauka module on September 28.
The spacecraft often known as Soyuz MS-18 is at the moment docked with the Rassvet module, a part of the Russian phase on the Area Station. As soon as the Yuri Gagarin spacecraft docks with Nauka, the vacant Rassvet module will probably be used to harbour the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft, which is to launch on October 5.
“The following operation related to the Nauka module is the Yuri Gagarin (Soyuz MS-18) spacecraft redocking. In accordance with preliminary information from the TsNIIMash Mission Management Heart ballistic and navigation assist service (a part of Roscosmos), the ship’s undocking from the Rassvet module and docking with Nauka is scheduled for September 28, 2021,” the Russian house company mentioned in an announcement.
Nasa had initially maintained that the flip was 45 levels because the Station misplaced altitude management. (Picture: Twitter/Worldwide Area Station)
SIX-MONTH LONG INTEGRATION
The brand new announcement comes as astronauts work on integrating the Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module into the Russian phase of the ISS. Cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov this week will unload the module and dismantle the tools that has arrived inside it.
The section will take about six months to fully integrate with the Space Station, which would require about ten spacewalks from Russian cosmonauts throughout which cable networks and pipelines must be laid. The cosmonauts will even set up an airlock and a radiation warmth exchanger together with technique of fastening large-sized objects. The airlock and the warmth exchanger are at the moment situated on the Rassvet Mini Analysis Module.
“The sixty fifth long-term expedition Russian crew members are starting to organize for the upcoming spacewalks. The closest is scheduled for September 2 and September 8, 2021. They are going to be devoted to the brand new Nauka module integration on the surface of the Worldwide Area Station,” ROSCOSMOS mentioned.
Nauka module docked with the Worldwide Area Station as proven in graphic. (Picture: Nasa)
MISHAP BIGGER THAN REPORTED
The Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module is replacing the ageing Pirs module that was discarded from the Area Station final month. Nonetheless, a software program glitch led to a significant mishap on the flying outpost after its thrusters fired inadvertently, leading the flying outpost to spun one-and-a-half revolutions — about 540 degrees — earlier than coming to a cease the other way up, relative to its authentic place.
Nasa had initially maintained that the flip was 45 levels because the Station misplaced altitude management. Nonetheless, in line with a report in The New York Occasions after a 540-degree spin, “the house station then did a 180-degree ahead flip to get again to its authentic orientation.” Whereas the astronauts on board had been by no means in peril a spacecraft emergency needed to be declared and different communication channels had been opened after antennas went the other way up.
The company was capable of restore the orientation by activating thrusters on one other module docked on the Station.