25 Aug 2019 11:51

Another attempt to dock Soyuz carrying FEDOR robot with ISS to be made at 6:12 a.m. on Tue - Roscosmos

MOSCOW. Aug 25 (Interfax) - A working schedule has been put in place for a re-docking of the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft and a second attempt to dock the Soyuz MS-14 with the International Space Station (ISS), Russia's Roscosmos said.

"The time when the Soyuz MS-13 manned spacecraft is due to separate from the Zvezda service module is 6:34 a.m. Moscow time on August 26," the Russian state corporation said in a statement, revealing that the same spacecraft is due to dock with the Poisk module at 6:59 a.m. on the same day.

"The docking of Soyuz MS-14 to the Zvezda module is scheduled for 6:12 a.m. Moscow time on August 27," it said.

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is carrying the FEDOR anthropomorphic robot.

Alexander Skvortsov (commander, Roscosmos) along with crewmates Andrew Morgan (NASA, flight engineer) and Luca Parmitano (ESA, flight engineer) will manually dock the Soyuz MS-13. On Sunday, the crew is holding drills on board the ISS ahead of the re-docking and the unpacking of the Soyuz MS-13, Roscosmos said.

"The operation will be carried out in order to release the docking port of the Zvezda service module, with which the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is due to dock at 6:12 a.m. Moscow time on August 27," it said.

The Souyz MS-14 manned transport spacecraft was unable to dock with the ISS on Saturday. Tentatively, the cause of the failure was the malfunctioning wireless equipment engaged in the closest segment of the spacecraft's approach to the ISS during the docking attempt with the Kurs automated system.

The cosmonauts will need to replace some equipment onboard the ISS, Vladimir Solovyov, head of the control center of the Russian segment of the ISS told reporters, adding that necessary equipment onboard the spacecraft is operational.