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Progress 86's Critical Cargo Arrives At International Space Station (ISS)

A Russian cargo ship bringing more than 5,570 pounds of supplies and equipment, Progress 86’s critical cargo arrives at the International Space Station early Sunday morning after meeting there for two days.

Kenzo Norman
Dec 05, 2023344 Shares13755 Views
A Russian cargo ship bringing more than 5,570 pounds of supplies and equipment,Progress 86’s critical cargo arrives at ISS(International Space Station) early Sunday morning after meeting there for two days. After the spacecraft's automatic rendezvous system got out of sync during the final approach, cosmonauts working at a control station inside the lab complex guided it into port from afar.
A Soyuz 2.1a rocket took off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday carrying the Progress MS-25/86P mission. It has 3,423 pounds of supplies and tools for the crew, as well as 88 pounds of nitrogen, 926 pounds of water, and 1,135 pounds of fuel for keeping the station in orbit.

Progress 86’s Critical Cargo Arrives At ISS

Progress 86 spacecraft drawing
Progress 86 spacecraft drawing
When it arrived at the International Space Station (ISS), the Roscosmos Progress 86 spacecraft, which took off from Kazakhstan's famous Baikonur Cosmodrome, fit right in with the Poisk module of the ISS on December 3, 2023. The spacecraft delivered a large payload of nearly three tons of essential supplies to the Expedition 70 crew currently on board the ISS. The successful docking was an important step forward in space travel.
The mission began at 4:25 a.m. EST on Friday, December 1, 2:25 p.m. Baikonur time, when the unmanned spaceship took off on a Soyuz rocket. It made a perfect approach to the ISS and docked perfectly at 6:18 a.m. EST on December 3, 2023. This showed how precise and reliable the Russian space agency's work is.
The Progress spacecraft is an important part of Roscosmos's space program and has been a regular part of resupply trips to space stations since the 1970s. The Progress series has gone through several changes over the years. It was designed to be reliable and efficient in space logistics.
One thing that makes the Progress spacecraft unique is that it is based on the design of the Soyuz spacecraft, but it has been changed to carry goods. A pressurized cargo area on the spacecraft is designed to hold scientific supplies, food, and other necessities. An unpressurized room is set aside for fuel and water. These spacecrafts can carry between 2,500 and 3,000 kilograms of cargo, which makes sure that ISS trips have all the supplies they need.
The Progress spacecraft line has been changing over time, and the Progress MS is the most recent version. This more advanced form has better features, such as better solar panels, better thrusters, a more up-to-date communication system, and stricter safety rules. All of these improvements make the spacecraft work better and be more reliable, which is very important in the difficult field of space exploration.
There's no question that Progress spacecraft have been very important in keeping people in space, especially with the International Space Station. It is because of these spacecraft that important supplies and cutting-edge equipment can be delivered quickly and easily to space stations, which helps them stay operational and liveable.
We are happy that the Roscosmos Progress 86 ship was able to dock with the ISS. This shows that space agencies around the world are still dedicated to learning more about space and ensuring the safety of people who go beyond Earth's atmosphere.

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The automated rendezvous system on the International Space Station (ISS) broke down, so Russian cosmonauts had to take control of an incoming cargo ship bringing tons of supplies by hand.
The unmanned cargo ship, called Progress 86, docked to the station's Russian-built Poisk module while being controlled from inside the ISS by Roscosmos astronauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub. Using a system called TORU, Kononenko took control of the cargo ship from afar while the Progress 86 craft flew around the station at a distance of about 150 meters. This was done because there was a problem with the cargo ship's own automatic rendezvous system, Kurs.
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