ISS-59 mission

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ISS crew:

Commander -
Oleg Kononenko
Flight engineers:
David Saint-Jaques
Ann McClain
Ovchinin Alexey
Nick Hague
Christina Koch


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June 15, 2013
Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV-4 Albert Einstein has docked with the ISS

European Automated Transfer Vehicle ATV-4 Albert Einstein after 9 days of free flight has successfully docked on June 15, 2013 with the International Space Station (ISS), which allayed the concerns of our foreign partners in the project with respect to the integrity of the navigation equipment installed on the Service Module Zvezda, designed to support rendezvous and docking of the ATV-type spacecraft.

The initial contact with the docking port on the instrumentation and propulsion compartment of the Zvezda Service Module of the ISS Russian Segment (RS) occurred at 18:07 Moscow Time.

During the ATV-4 rendezvous and docking with the ISS, the ISS mission control was provided through cooperation between the Mission Control Center near Moscow (Flight Director - the first deputy general designer of RSC Energia V.A. Soloviev) and mission control centers in Toulose, France, and Houston, USA. Mission control for ATV-4 was provided from the Mission Control Center in Toulose.

Earlier, on June 11 at 17:58 Moscow Time, a Russian cargo transportation vehicle Progress M-19M undocked from the docking port on the Zvezda module after completing its mission within the ISS, and transitioned to a free-flying 8-day mission. The undocking process was monitored by specialists in the Mission Control Center near Moscow and the Russian cosmonauts within the ISS crew, who confirmed the expected motion of the cargo transportation vehicle with respect to the hull of the Zvezda module, safe for the European navigation equipment, and also determined that during undocking the antenna of the onboard Kurs system deployed to its nominal position, without damaging this equipment.


For information:

  1. RSC Energia provides manufacturing, delivery and integration within the ATV-type spacecraft for the Russian systems and equipment for rendezvous and docking, in-orbit refueling, systems fro controlling the delivered onboard systems and equipment, and also integrates the European cargo vehicles within the ISS RS.
  2. In the course of its free flight the cargo spacecraft Progress M-19M is conducting a geophysics experiment Radar-Progress. The objective of the experiment is to determine spatial and temporal relationships between density, temperature and ion content of local non-uniformities in the ionosphere occurring as a result of exposure to firings of the onboard thrusters of the vehicle.
  3. The antenna of the onboard Kurs system had not been deployed during rendezvous and docking of the transportation spacecraft with the ISS because a structural elelment securing the antenna in the transportation position during launch and releasing it into operating position after the spacecraft separation from the last stage of the launch vehicle failed to operate properly.RSC Energia specialists had performed a prompt analysis of this off-nominal situation and run ground tests on full-scale models, which proved the feasibility of a safe docking of ATV-4 to the docking port on the instrumentation and propulsion compartment of the Zvezda module and subsequent operation of the European spacecraft within the ISS RS.


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