Russia Has a New Plan to Dock a Soyuz at the Space Station After an Unexpected Abort

Space.com | 8/24/2006 | Tariq Malik
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Russia's space agency Roscosmos has a new plan to dock an unpiloted Soyuz capsule at the International Space Station after the first attempt failed on Saturday (Aug. 24) and it's going to require a spaceship shuffle.

Roscosmos now aims to dock the Soyuz spacecraft, called MS-14, at the space station Monday (Aug. 26) at the aft end of the outpost's Russian-built Zvezda service module. Docking is scheduled for Monday night at 11:12 p.m. EDT (0312 Aug. 25 GMT).

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But there's just one hitch: Another spacecraft is already parked at the Zvezda port.

That other spacecraft is Soyuz MS-13, which arrived at the space station July 20 with Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, NASA astronaut Drew Morgan and European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano. In order for Soyuz MS-14 to park at the Zvezda port, Soyuz MS-13 is going to have to move.

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And that's exactly what the Skvortsov and his crewmates will do.

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On Sunday night (Aug. 25), Svortsov, Morgan and Parmitano will don their Sokol pressure suits, climb inside Soyuz MS-13 and take it on a short 25-minute flight to another station docking port. If all goes well, Svortskov will park the craft at the space-facing Poisk module on the station's Russian segment at 11:34 p.m. EDT (0334 Aug. 26 GMT).

It was that same Poisk module that the uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 tried to park itself at on Saturday, coming within 328 feet (100 meters) of the station before failing to lock on to the module during the final approach. Ultimately, station commander Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos commanded the spacecraft to abort the docking attempt and back away to a safe distance.

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"The unpiloted Soyuz is currently orbiting a safe distance from the ISS with all of its systems functioning normally," NASA officials said in...
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