For about an hour, NASA lost control of the position on the ISS. After an emergency, the problems were resolved – and the crew was able to inspect a new module for the first time.
MOSCOW (DPA) — After an initial breakdown, a new Russian research module is now attached to the International Space Station (ISS). “Our crew entered the “Yacht” module an hour ago,” wrote Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on Twitter.
“I congratulate!” The hatch of the yacht (science) laboratory that docked on Thursday was opened several hours ago.
temporarily lost control
Shortly after the module arrived, an incident occurred on Friday night: apparently due to a brief software malfunction, the “Knocus” engines started unplanned. This set the entire ISS in motion. The US space agency NASA lost control of the station’s position in space for nearly an hour. After the emergency response, everything was clarified.
As a multi-purpose module, «Yacht» is primarily intended for research. But it should also function as a team quarter with its own life support system. There is also a toilet on board. It measures 13 by 4.11 meters and weighs over 20 tons.
Roscosmos said again on Saturday that its own Russian space station should be ready by 2028. The previously announced construction was approved by the Scientific and Technical Council of the Russian Space Agency. The Russians want to leave the aging ISS.