ISS_full
December 12, 2013
Categories: Cygnus, ISS, MCC, NASA

The docking of American Cygnus cargo vehicle with the ISS may be put off because of ISS thermal control system pump failure, – NASA representative reported from MCC Russia.

Up to the day before the plan was as follows: Cyngnus was to be launched to the ISS on December 19 Moscow time or December 18 American time and to dock with the ISS on December 21 (Moscow time). But as thermal control system pump valve got stuck several systems (they were of no primary importance) were left without power. Due to that the docking may be put off. Naturally there were standby systems to be put into operation, now everything operates nominally but problems with electric power generation can happen and we are assessing now whether Cygnus docking with the ISS on December 21 is possible, – the spokesman reported. He added that the ISS and the crew are out of any danger.

According to him the decision on possible shift of American cargo vehicle docking with the ISS is not taken yet. “We will discuss this issue at the meeting today evening. Probably the decision on Cygnus docking with the ISS will be taken today, – NASA representative noted.

In the future it will be decided whether American astronauts have to perform unscheduled spacewalk to replace the failed pump, – he stated.

In his turn Russian ISS representative reported that there are no problems with Russian ISS segment and the situation with American segment has no impact on Russian cosmonauts’ work.

Image credit – NASA

More from this category:
919235032
September 21, 2015

Roscosmos and European Space Agency recommend to shift the launch of Russian-European Exomars station to be performed from Baikonur spaceport from January 2016 to March…

full story
dv76hnoZAgE
August 13, 2015

Russian space industry specialists unloaded the vehicle and installed it on the special facility of #254 integration building at Baikonur spaceport. Many facilities Progress-M vehicles…

full story
Yurchiknin
January 23, 2014

Today modern technologies make it possible to fly to Mars, nevertheless it will be a conquest but not exploration, – Roscosmos cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin stated….

full story
931_3325
January 11, 2014

This Friday, on January 10, 2014 MCC specialists took a decision on unscheduled spacewalks to be performed on January 27 or 28 by Russian crew…

full story
РД
November 18, 2014

China is interested in production of Russian rocket engines on its territory, also it shows interest in cooperation in manned space exploration, satellite navigation and remote sounding…

full story
first launch day
March 24, 2014

In several days Soyuz TMA-12M will be launched from Baikonur spaceport and orbited by Soyuz FG booster. The crew going to the ISS comprises Russian…

full story
Skvortsov_baik
March 13, 2014

Today Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre saw formal farewell ceremony of main and back-up crews of ISS-39/40 mission leaving for Baikonur spaceport for further preflight trainings….

full story
994355553
June 7, 2016

On June 6, 2016,  Roscosmos State Commission meeting discussed Soyuz MS manned spacecraft and Progress MS-03 cargo vehicle prelaunch preparations and Soyuz TMA-19M landing issues….

full story