Russian cargo ship fails to dock at ISS

2012-07-24 08:22

Moscow - The Russian cargo ship Progress has failed to successfully dock with the International Space Station (ISS) during tests designed to facilitate future dockings, the US and Russian space agencies said on Tuesday.

"The re-docking of the Russian ISS Progress 47 resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station has been postponed due to an apparent failure in the new Kurs-NA rendezvous system," Nasa said in a statement on its website.

A spokesperson for the Russian Mission Control Centre confirmed that the cargo ship known as Progress M-15M had failed to dock, without providing further details.

Nasa said the cargo ship was now at a safe distance from the ISS and the next docking attempt could occur on Saturday or Sunday.

"Progress 47 flew approximately 1.8 miles [2.9km] below the station to a safe distance away from the orbiting outpost, where it will remain until another attempt is made to re-rendezvous with the space station," Nasa said.

The vehicle had undocked from the station on Sunday to perform tests to facilitate future dockings of cargo ships to the space station.

  • QuintSch - 2012-07-24 08:56

    Ask a South African to assist you to get it right.

      QuintSch - 2012-07-24 10:27

      Woah - slow down Grant! Lie down before you hurt yourself bud. :) It was a little tongue in cheek comment trying to put a bit of a positive spin on South Africa(n)'s sporadic successes. I was also not demeaning the Russian effort or do you have difficulty reading and comprehending? So anyone trying to be humorous is an idiot? So be it.

      QuintSch - 2012-07-24 10:29

      ... humorous and positive ...

      jan.griesel.98 - 2012-07-24 11:01

      @QuintSch, thought your tongue in cheek comment were spot-on, Ive been following the spaceX program religiously, grant please explain how you came to the conclusion that it took spaceX three attempts?, they were only suppose to dock on the fourth flight anyway.

      Grant Henry - 2012-07-24 19:36

      @Jan please go do your research. The second attempt was delayed because of a of an electronic failure on the rocket. i follow the Nasa programs religiously and i will be up in the early ours of friday in August to watch the Rover land on Mars.

      ethan.pugh.92 - 2012-07-25 08:47

      True. A taxi driver, with a severely broken taxi can perform miracles. He should be able to park it

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