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Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station commanded an approaching unpiloted Soyuz spacecraft to abort its docking Saturday after the ship’s automated rendezvous system ran into trouble, leaving ground teams assessing what went wrong and whether to attempt another link-up in orbit...
Source: http://en.roscosmos.ru/20892/Soyuz MS-13 successfully redocked
August 26, 2019, 04:00 GMT
On August, 26 the Soyuz MS-13 piloted spacecraft was successfully redocked from the Zvezda module to the Poisk module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station.
Earlier the crew including Alexander Skvortsov, Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan transferred into the spacecraft and closed the transfer hatches. After checking the sealing and carrying out the necessary preparations the crew prepared for undocking.
At 03:35 UTC the Soyuz MS-13 detached from the ISS. After making a fly-around of the ISS, at 03:59 UTC it docked to the Poisk module. All the operations were performed by Alexander Skvortsov using the manual control system.
The freed up Zvezda module berth will be used to dock the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, which is scheduled for August, 27 at 03:12 UTC. The spacecraft test launch took place on August, 22 with its automatic docking to the ISS called off due to technical issues.
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50085930Two Nasa astronauts are making the first ever all-female spacewalk.
Christina Koch and Jessica Meir left the International Space Station's Quest airlock on Friday to replace a failed power control unit.
They were expected to spend five and a half hours replacing the power regulator with a spare.
Ms Koch had already carried out four spacewalks but it was the first for MS Meir, who became the 15th woman to walk in space, Nasa said.
. NASA Astronauts Wrap Up Historic All-Woman Spacewalk
At 2:55 p.m. EDT, Expedition 61 Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Jessica Meir of NASA concluded their spacewalk, the first with only women. During the 7-hour, 17-minute spacewalk, the two NASA astronauts completed the replacement a failed power charging component, also known as a battery charge-discharge unit (BCDU). The BCDU regulates the charge to the batteries that collect and distribute solar power to the orbiting lab’s systems. Mission control activated the newly installed BCDU and reported it is operating properly.
The astronauts were also able to accomplish some get-ahead tasks including installation of a stanchion on the Columbus module for support of a new external ESA (European Space Agency) payload platform called Bartolomeo scheduled for launch to the station in 2020.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51536246The UK's first industrial contribution to the International Space Station (ISS) was delivered on Tuesday.
The communications antenna is part of a consignment of supplies that arrived on a Cygnus freighter.
Made by MDA UK, the Columbus Ka-band (COLKa) Terminal will enable astronauts to connect with scientists and family on Earth at home broadband speeds.
The equipment will be fixed to the exterior of Europe's ISS science module in a few weeks' time.
This should improve substantially on current arrangements for radio links.