Progress with undisclosed antenna successfully docked with the ISS

  • View of the "Progress" from the ISS.  Immediately under the cross is visible undisclosed antenna.  The second antenna is visible above disclosed perkrestiem.  Frame: NASA TV
  • View of the "Progress" from the ISS. Immediately under the cross is visible undisclosed antenna. The second antenna is visible above disclosed perkrestiem. Frame: NASA TV

The spacecraft "Progress M-19M" has successfully docked with the International Space Station despite an undisclosed rendezvous system antenna. Dock on the air broadcast TV American space agency NASA.

A space truck docks with free mooring service module "Zarya". Touching occurred at 16: 25 minutes on Moscow. Joining conducted in automatic standby mode. Attempts to open the jammed antenna system "Course" lasted for two days, but were not successful.

The rocket "Soyuz-U" with a truck "Progress M-19M" was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in the afternoon of April 24. Launch and separation stages of the launch vehicle took place normally. The first report of the antenna malfunction appeared the official microblog of the American space agency, hereinafter MCC confirmed this information.

Space truck delivered into orbit, fuel, water, food, medical equipment and hygiene products. Part of the cargo intended for the U.S. segment of the station.

Flight vehicle "Progress M-19M" was held on the traditional pattern that which takes two days. Three previous cargo missions, "Progress M-16M", "Progress M-17M" and "Progress M-18M", conducted by the short circuit, which requires the start to the dock no more than six hours.

Rendezvous system "course", which includes the antenna, computer equipment and other devices has replaced the system of "Needle". There are many versions of the system, the most advanced of which is a fully digital "Kurs-NA". Tests of the new system, carried out on the unit in 2012, completed poorly.
The system has androgyny, that is, measurement of the speed of convergence can be controlled with both docked devices.

 

Completion of the message, "Roskosmos" (Just came)

March 26, 16 hours 25 min. 27 seconds. MSK docking of cargo vehicle (THC) "Progress M-19M" to the International Space Station (ISS).
THC "Progress M-19M" docked to the docking station propulsion compartment of the service module "Zvezda". The convergence process was carried out in automatic mode under the supervision of specialists Mission Control Center and TsNIIMash FSUE Russian ISS crew members — cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin.
The ship delivered to the station loads required to maintain the ISS in manned mode and a program of scientific and applied research on its board.
The total weight of all goods delivered to the ISS was about 2.5 tons.
ISS crew continues 35/36-y long expedition consisting of commander Chris Hadfield (Canadian Space Agency), Flight Engineers Roman Romanenko, Pavel Vinogradov, Alexander Misurkin (Roscosmos), Thomas Mashburn and Christopher Cassidy (NASA).

Press Service of the Russian Federal Space Agency

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