Russian astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) knowledgeable mission management in Moscow on Thursday about an issue with the brand new Russian Nauka module after it docked on the station a number of hours earlier, RIA information company reported.
The astronauts flagged an unplanned restart of Nauka’s engines, RIA reported, citing conversations between the workforce and their headquarters on Earth, translated by the NASA house company.
The scenario didn’t pose a threat to astronauts, RIA quoted a NASA official as saying within the broadcast, and the Nauka engines have now been switched off.
The U.S. house company’s headquarters in Houston, Texas, instructed the astronauts that the unplanned restart of Nauka’s engines had modified the place of the ISS in house, RIA reported.
The engines of one other module on the house station have been then activated to compensate and reposition the ISS, RIA cited Houston specialists as saying, describing it as a “tug-of-war” between the 2 modules.
Russia’s Roscosmos house company attributed the problem to Nauka’s engines having to work with residual gas within the craft, TASS information company reported.
“The process of transferring the Nauka module from flight mode to ‘docked with ISS’ mode is underway. Work is being carried out on the remaining fuel in the module,” Roscosmos was cited by TASS as saying.
Russia upgraded its capabilities on the ISS on Thursday after its new Nauka module, set to function a analysis lab, storage unit and airlock, efficiently docked with it after a nervy journey from Earth.
A dwell broadcast from the Russian house company Roscosmos confirmed the module, a multipurpose laboratory named after the Russian phrase for ‘science’, docking with the ISS at 1329 GMT, a couple of minutes later than scheduled.
“According to telemetry data and reports from the ISS crew, the onboard systems of the station and the Nauka module are operating normally,” Roscosmos stated in an announcement.
“There is contact!!!” Dmitry Rogozin, the top of Roscosmos, wrote on Twitter moments after the docking.
After its launch final week from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome, the module suffered a collection of glitches that raised concern about whether or not the docking process would go easily.
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