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Commander -
Sergey Ryzhikov
Flight engineers:
Sergey Kud-Sverchkov
Kathleen Rubins
Michael Hopkins
Victor Glover
Shannon Walker
Soichi Noguchi


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ISS orbit raised by 1.1 km

November 13, 2020

On November 12, 2020, in accordance with the mission plan of the International Space Station, a scheduled correction of its orbit was performed. To this end, the thrusters of the cargo transportation spacecraft Progress MS-14, which is attached to the propulsion section of the Zvezda module, were automatically fired at 22:50 Moscow Time.

The orbital correction was carried out in full conformity with design parameters. The thrusters of the cargo spacecraft operated for 363.5 s, resulting in a 1.1 km increase in the station mean orbital altitude, ending up at about 419.35 km above the Earth surface. According to Roscosmos specialists, at present the ISS orbital parameters are:

  • orbital period: 92.90 minutes;
  • orbital inclination: 51.66 degrees;
  • minimal altitude above the Earth surface: 418.42 km;
  • maximum altitude above the Earth surface: 437.95 km.

This maneuver was needed to begin establishing the necessary trajectory conditions prior to the launch and docking of he manned transportation spacecraft scheduled for April of the next year. Currently, there are three crew members onboard the International Space Station - Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov (Expedition ISS-64 commander) and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov (ISS-64 flight engineer), and a NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins (ISS-64 flight engineer).

The previous orbital correction of the International Space Station took place on October 7, 2020. At that time, the thrusters of the cargo spacecraft Progress MS-14 operated for 414.9 s, resulting in a 1.3 km decrease in the station mean orbital altitude, ending up at about 418.6 km above the Earth surface. The transportation spacecraft Soyuz MS-14 has been staying in orbit since April 25 of this year. Altogether, during that time, it performed 7 orbital correction burns, including an unscheduled maneuver to avoid a possible collision with space debris.

 

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