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in "MS-23 Union" There will be several attempts to dock with the International Space Station


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Moscow, February 22 – Roscosmos’ executive director for manned programs said that astronauts on the International Space Station would not be able to dock the Soyuz MS-23 in manual mode, but would have enough fuel to dock with any other module of the station if it failed the first time. Sergey Krikalev.
“Fuel reserves allow us to make several attempts … In fact, there will be no manual mode here, but we will have the possibility of re-docking, which will reduce the risks in this direction,” Krikalev said in a video distributed by the state. institution.
He explained that there really were such situations and even told how relatively recently, when the antennas of one of the mooring nodes were not working properly, the ship, having approached, realized that it could not moor in automatic mode. Then it was decided to dock at another node, and the docking went smoothly.
As you know, a similar situation happened with the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, on which the Fedor robot flew to the ISS in August 2019. The first docking attempt of the Poisk module in the Russian segment of the ISS on August 24 was unsuccessful due to a malfunction of the docking system equipment Kurs at the station.

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The equipment could not be repaired quickly, so the cosmonauts “switched” the manual mode of another manned spacecraft, Soyuz MS-13, from the Zvezda module to Poisk in order to free up space. Soyuz MS-14 docked at the station in automatic mode on August 27.
Depressurization occurred in the Soyuz MS-22 cooling system on December 15, 2022 after a small meteorite hit. Because of the risks, they decided to return the crew to the next ship – Soyuz MS-23. The ship was to be sent to the station in an unmanned position earlier than previously planned – not on March 16, but on February 20.
However, on February 11, 2023, a similar situation occurred with another ship – the MS-21 Progress truck. It was decided to postpone the launch of “Soyuz” until the reasons are clarified. The “Progress” dock was loosened on February 18 and flooded on February 19. The cosmonauts additionally photographed it, and Roscosmos concluded that it was also damaged as a result of an external impact.
Now Soyuz MS-23 is scheduled to launch on February 24. Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petlin, as well as American astronaut Frank Rubio, will return to Earth in September 2023.

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