New docking system fault meant manual docking for Progress M-021M at International Space Station

by | Dec 2, 2013 | commercial launch services, International Space Station, Russia, Seradata News, space station | 0 comments

Following its Soyuz-U launch on 25 November, the unmanned PROGRESS M-021M cargo/freighter spacecraft was approaching the  International Space Station (ISS) on 30 November 2013 via an automated approach when its new Kurs-NA system apparently failed and the craft fell into a safe stationkeeping mode at 60m distance.  ISS Cosmonaut Oleg Kotov took control of the spacecraft using a backup television control TORU systemand docked the Progress with the station’s Zvezda module at 2230 GMT.

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