Early reports indicate that the International Space Station sustained no damage as a result of an accident last week involving the newly arrived Nauka module. That may be the case, but Russian officials have launched an investigation to assess the true impact of the frightening incident.
Sergei Krikalev, director of manned space programs at Roscosmos, made the announcement Wednesday during an interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel. In translation, Krikalev said that there would likely be no damage to the ISS, but that the unexpected rotation of the orbital outpost should be “taken into account” when assessing its service life. available By the Russian state-run TASS news agency.
And he added to him: “Nothing is interrupted by the station, I can assure you. Now the specialists will assess how much the station is loaded and what the consequences will be.” No details were given as to who would conduct the investigation or when it might start.
By “loaded”, Krikalev refers to the stress placed on the space station when it performed unexpectedly Back jump one and a half Thursday, July 29. New Arrival Nauka Unit Unintentionally fired her payments After about three hours of docking, causing the space station to overturn. In response, the flight controllers used the thrusters of the Zvezda service unit and the Progress cargo ship to counteract the Nauka’s impulse. Situation control was restored when the space station was completely upside down, requiring another 180-degree rotation to bring it back to the PR levelopera direction.
Nauka’s engines are causing the International Space Station to spin at a rate of 0.5 degrees per second, according to NASA Says “Within the Limits of Station Systems Design”. All preliminary analyzes indicate that “the station is still in good condition,” a NASA spokesperson explained to me yesterday, adding that “the astronauts were not in immediate danger.” Roscosmos has Blame a Program glitch fur accident.
But, as Krikalev admitted, this situation was not ordinary, and now an investigation was required. During the interview, he said that the International Space Station is a “very sensitive facility”, as “Russian and American parts were manufactured with the utmost lightness.” The extra load, he said, would have strained “the motor of the solar panels and the frame on which all these structures are installed.”
That unfortunate incident has led to some –The unremarkable side Effects are a clear possibility. The station’s solar panels must be aligned perfectly to ensure optimum performance. The same deal is for antennas, which, if not properly oriented, can affect communications with ground stations on the ground. Other problems could exist as well, but to Krikalev’s view, the next investigation should clear this up.
Very cheerful statements from space agencies could not hide the fact that this was a truly frightening and unprecedented event. The newly announced investigation is wise and necessary, no matter what the findings may reveal.