February 17th, 2021
After a two-day trek, the unpiloted Russian cargo ship Progress MS-16 docked with the Worldwide Area Station after a cosmonaut remotely took handbook management of a usually automated course of.
Often, the uncrewed Progress spacecraft autonomously dock with the station. Nevertheless, according to NASA, a difficulty with sign energy from the Kurs automated docking system required Expedition 64 commander Sergey Ryzhikov to take handbook management from contained in the ISS utilizing the TORU system, which is a tele-robotically operated rendezvous unit positioned contained in the Zvezda service module.
Ryzhikov was in a position to line up the spacecraft with the docking indicators earlier than transferring the car ahead and parking Progress MS-16 on the Pirs module at about 1:27 a.m. EST (06:27 UTC) Feb. 17.
Aboard is a few 2,500 kilograms value of cargo, propellant, air and water for the seven-person Expedition 64 crew. It’s anticipated to stay on the outpost till July 2021.
Throughout its keep on the ISS, its cargo shall be unloaded earlier than the spacecraft shall be reloaded with trash and unneeded gear.
Underneath the present plan, Progress MS-16 will depart with the Pirs module nonetheless connected to it. Pirs is at present connected to the space-facing port of the Zvezda service module, a spot it has occupied since its launch in September 2001.
Taking Pirs’ place shall be a new Russian science module referred to as Nauka. The long-delayed ISS part was initially presupposed to launch in 2007, however varied delays, monetary and technical, have pushed its flight to mid-July 2021.
As soon as the Progress spacecraft departs with Pirs, it’ll carry out a deorbit burn to reenter Earth’s environment to fritter away over the South Pacific Ocean.
Derek Richardson has a level in mass media, with an emphasis in up to date journalism, from Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas. Whereas at Washburn, he was the managing editor of the coed run newspaper, the Washburn Evaluation. He additionally has a weblog concerning the Worldwide Area Station, referred to as Orbital Velocity.