MOSCOW, October 22 – The Progress MS-17 cargo spacecraft, which left the International Space Station (ISS) the day before, re-docked at the station, follows from the broadcast on the Roscosmos website.
Docking to the “Science” module took place in automatic mode, it follows from the broadcast.
The “Truck” separated from the “Search” module at 2.44 Moscow time on Thursday. During an autonomous flight lasting 29 hours, the ship made several maneuvers, moving away from the station by 185 kilometers.
Re-docking of the spacecraft to Nauka will make it possible to prepare the ISS for receiving the new and last module of the Russian segment of the ISS – Prichal, which is scheduled to launch on 24 November. The Prichal is to dock to the Nauka module, but now only Soyuz manned spacecraft and Progress cargo spacecraft can dock at Nauka. Therefore, immediately before the launch of the Prichal, the Progress MS-17 spacecraft, when undocking from Nauka, will take with it an adapter that prevents the new module from docking.
In addition, the presence of Progress MS-17 aboard Nauka will make it possible to check the tightness of the module’s fuel lines so that in the future its engines can be used to control the orientation of the ISS.
Now the 66th expedition is flying to the ISS, consisting of Russians Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov, Americans Mark Vande Hai, Shane Kimbrow and Megan MacArthur, Japanese Akihiko Hoshide and Frenchman Tom Peske (station commander).