14 Mar 2018 09:01

Mission Control Center reports successful adjustment of ISS' orbit

MOSCOW. March 14 (Interfax) - The Mission Control Center in Korolyov, Moscow region, has lifted the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) to an altitude of 404.5 kilometers to prepare for the June launches.

"The ISS' orbit has been adjusted consistent with the flight program. An average altitude of the orbit has grown by 0.4 kilometers to 404.5 kilometers. The engines of the Progress MS-08 resupply ship were started at 12:25 a.m. Moscow time for 108 seconds to perform the maneuver," a representative of the Mission Control Center told Interfax.

The orbit was adjusted for the purpose of June launches. It was necessary to create ballistic conditions for landing of the Soyuz MS-07 manned spaceship's capsule on June 3, 2018, and the launch of the Soyuz MS-09 manned spaceship on June 6, 2018.