Thursday, April 25, 2013

Houston, We Have A Problem With Progress

In case you haven't heard, there's a problem with the Russian Progress resupply capsule on the way to the International Space Station right now. One of its antennae failed to deploy, and is still folded against the space craft's side.


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Here is the official statement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - NASA:
"International Space Station managers are continuing discussions on the technical aspects of the planned docking of the Russian Progress 51 cargo spacecraft to the Zvezda Service Module on Friday, April 26. A Russian state commission comprised of technical experts met throughout the day and provided comprehensive technical data to the space station program regarding the ability of the Progress craft to safely dock to the station with one of its Kurs rendezvous antennas folded against the side of the vehicle. Program managers will meet late Thursday night to review the status of the technical discussions before determining whether Progress will press ahead for its planned docking on Friday. If the docking is approved, NASA TV coverage will begin Friday morning at 6:30 a.m. EDT. Docking remains scheduled for approximately 8:26 a.m. Friday.

"The Progress 51 cargo spacecraft successfully launched at 6:12 a.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan April 24. The vehicle made it safely to orbit and deployed its solar arrays as planned. One of the five sets of KURS automated rendezvous antennas used as navigational aids did not deploy."

Watch the docking live on NASA TV or at www.nasa.gov/ntv. For more information about the Progress spacecraft, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/elements/progress.html.

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