Orbit of International Space Station to Be Lowered by 700 Meters

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Russian Mission Control Center (MCC) will make a maneuver to lower the average height of the orbit of International Space Station on January 28 instead of January 22 as it was previously planned. This was reported to TASS by the MCC.

“The maneuver is scheduled for January 28, it will be executed using the engines of European cargo spacecraft ATV “Georges Lemaitre”. They will turn on at 21.40 MSK and must work for 178.3 seconds,” the MCC representatives said.

The speed of station will decrease by 0.42 m/s. As a result, the ISS orbit correction will be lowered to 700 meters and will be 404.8 km.

On February 14 ATV leaves the ISS and will be sunk in the Pacific Ocean. This is the last spacecraft in the series. Now the supplying of the ISS will be effectuated using Russian “Progress”, as well as ships created by US private companies working under contract to NASA.

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Posted on January 14, 2015, in Space Industry News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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