"Everything was going well, but there was a human factor."
Last Thursday, the Russian space station's new large unit, Navka, was finally connected to the International Space Station after several technical problems in the lab. However, the problems did not end there. About three hours after he joined the station, Navoca launched its thrust and launched the space station terribly.
This prompted NASA's Control Mission in Houston to begin "loss of control" procedures at the station, training potential astronauts and flight controllers. Subsequently, the teams, in coordination with flight controllers in Moscow, ordered the station to launch its thrust toward the Russian part of the space station, as well as the Progress supply vehicle attached to the laboratory. Taken together, these measures prevented the plant from being severely damaged until Navuka ran out of fuel.READ MORE Russian unit suddenly after calling space launch station
After this close mistake, NASA rushed to a press conference to bring key media figures, including human spaceflight chief Katie Luders and international space station program commander Joel Montalbano. Both said that NASA and the Russian space company Roscosmos were doing well and ignored the general risks to the station and astronauts. And that provided different messages. “Due to a short-term software flaw, a direct command to start the engines of the exit module was mistakenly executed, which led to the adjustment of direction,” Vladimir Soloviev, a senior official at Roscosmos, a former cosmonaut, said in an official statement. ...of the group in general. " p>
This makes the problem look like a software bug. But later, the head of Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, admitted that someone on Earth might be wrong. "Everything is going well but There was a human factor.” “There was a little excitement (after a successful docking), everyone calmed down.”Advertising
Now that the immediate threat is gone, the biggest concern is what ever happened and what might emerge next. Russia's participation in the International Space Station program is, according to NASA, the main goal of maintaining a human presence in low Earth orbit, and that means traveling to the station for the rest of the 1920s.
A reliable partner? At least the third major in less than three years due to poor quality of work, given the possibility that Navka's sudden launch involved human error.In October 2018, the launch of Russian cosmonaut Alexei Oshinin and NASA astronaut Nick Hague was canceled after a Soyuz booster failed, and the crew was forced to return to the ground in an emergency. Subsequent investigations revealed that the lateral booster was incorrectly coupled to the passer The main suit for a Soyuz missile. At the same time, Russia announced that there was a small hole in a different Soyuz craft that was already connected to the International Space Station. "We can reduce the cause of the technical error of the technician," Rogozin said of the problem. And now the country's space budget is under more pressure as NASA no longer needs to buy Soyuz seats for its astronauts to board the International Space Station — thanks to the SpaceX Crew Dragon, and hopefully soon a Boeing Starliner. Despite all this, NASA openly supports Russia and its space program. And you should rest assured that despite the myriad difficulties getting to the space station, Navuka is currently operating there. This is important because it is likely to boost Russia's participation in the space station by the end of this decade. Advertising
There is no guarantee of this. In recent months, Russian officials have begun to say that the Roscosmos devices in the department, most of which are more than two decades old, are becoming obsolete. The Russians also suggested that they might leave the program in 2025 and build a new station. In fact, only on Saturday, two days after Nauka's troubled connection, Roscosmos issued a statement saying that it was continuing to study a new low-orbit station called the Russian Orbital Service Station. This seems very likely, because Russia has neither the budget nor the ability to quickly build a new space station. A partner who clearly has technical problems with his workforce is always asking for more money and making a fuss about wanting to leave the space station partnership, which has been around for three decades.
NASA's stated intent is to maintain its presence in low Earth orbit. By 2028 or sooner, you hope to have commercial space stations there. But until then, the International Space Station was the only NASA game in town. If the Russians had less credibility, the U space agency had options, but their implementation would take time.
NASA could pay a company like Axiom to speed up the development of its business unit that connects to the station. , which could take over the command functions of the Russian service unit now connected to the station. Or it could even contract with a company like SpaceX to deliver its Starship to the space station to maintain its altitude. But like the old space station, it's showing signs of wear and tear. Roscosmos can make the most of the mortar it needs by revealing to NASA exactly what happened to Navoka and committing to the future of the partnership.
Semi-mistake in the Nauka module raises concerns about the future of the space station
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