Scheduled ISS orbit adjustment aimed to create optimal ballistic conditions for Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft docking with the station will be accomplished on Thursday, – Mission Conrol Centre representative reported.
Progress M-26M cargo vehicle thrusters will be ignited at 13.59, Moscow time, and will be operating for 248 seconds. As a result the medium altitude of the station will increase by 800 meters and amount to 401,4 kilometers, – said the spokesman.
At the present time the crew working onboard comprises Roscosmos cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. After Soyuz TMA-17M launch scheduled for late July Russian cosmonaut Oleg kononekno, Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and American astronauy kjell lindgrell will arrive at the orbit. Soyuz TMa-17M will dock with the station six hours after the launch.
On May 16 Progress M-26M thrusters didn’t start at the time planned and orbit adjustment scheduled wasn’t accomplished. Second effort was taken on May 18 and was a success.