ISS Orbit

ISS Orbit Gets Adjustments from ATV-2

ISS OrbitMission Control of Russia increased the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) by 2.3 miles (3.74 km.) to 215.2 miles (346.4 km.), spokesperson of Mission Control said.

The spokesperson said, “The adjustment was carried out with the help of thrusters of Europe’s ATV-2 Johannes Kepler space freighter.”

The operation lasted for 897 seconds or about 15 minutes.

The Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-2) of European Space Agency, which docked with the ISS on February 24, is programmed to perform two more the same operations before undocking from the station on June 21.  The changes are hesitantly planned for June 12 and 15.

Adjustments to the orbit of the space are performed occasionally prior to launches of Russian cargo ships and U.S. shuttles to recompense for gravity of Earth and to protection winning dockings.

A RIA Novosti correspondent said, grouping of the Russian Soyuz-FG rocket to bring Soyuz TMA-02M manned spaceship to the International Space Station was finished on Saturday.

On June 8, is the schedule of the mission to the International Space Station.  Soyuz TMA-02M will carry latest Expedition 28 astronauts to the ISS.  The docking is scheduled for June 10.

Uniting Expedition 28 commander Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, Ron Garan, flight engineers on board the station the following week will be Mike Fossum, Sergei Volkov, and Satoshi Furukawa, the flight engineers.

The rocket will be enthused to a launch pad at the Baikonur space center.

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