Mission Disrupted: Ship with Robot Fedor Could Not Dock to ISS

On August 24, 2019, it became known that the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft (SC), on board of which the Fedor robot was on board, could not dock with the International Space Station (ISS). This was reported by media representatives who were in the Mission Control Center (MCC).




It should be noted that immediately after the unsuccessful docking, the press was asked to leave the MCC building. The head of the state-owned corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, was absent from the MCC. Representatives of the rocket and space industry in Russia located at the MCC (General Director of the Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Nikolai Sevastyanov, head of the Cosmonaut Training Center, Pavel Vlasov, director of the MCC, Maxim Matyushin, head of the Roscosmos head research institute TsNIImash, Sergey Koblov), officially did not comment on anything.

According to unofficial information, problems occurred in the QC docking system (Kurs-ON). Perhaps, one set of the proximity system failed, after which there was an automatic switch to the second set. However, there were problems with the second set of docking. After that, the MCC gave the command to withdraw the spacecraft from the ISS to a safe 279 meters.

On August 26, 2019, Soyuz MS-14 will once again try to dock with the ISS. According to Roscosmos, the ISS and its crew are not in danger of docking. However, the ISS crew during this time needs to dismantle the amplifier on one of the nodes, check it and, if necessary, replace it.

It should be recalled that on August 22, 2019, the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle (LV) with the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome (Kazakhstan). By the way, the new Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicles should replace the obsolete Soyuz-FG launch vehicles. Moreover, it was the first, in more than three decades, launch of a manned spacecraft without a crew. The role of the “astronaut” onboard the spacecraft was performed by the Fedor robot, which then had to work on the ISS for 14 days (the first Russian anthropomorphic robot was scheduled to return to Earth on September 7, 2019). Now the spacecraft should re-moor to the Search module of the ISS Russian segment.

At the same time, the United States, represented by NASA, had previously expressed concerns about a possible emergency during docking. Since there is no remote (manual) control system on the QC. That is, in case of failure of the automation, the spacecraft will not be able to dock. At the same time, the robot sitting in the pilot's seat cannot take control, due to limitations in the program.
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  1. kig Offline
    kig 24 August 2019 12: 30
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    Apparently, Fyodor finally reached where he was bullied.
  2. AICO Offline
    AICO (Vyacheslav) 24 August 2019 13: 13
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    - What, Fedya, Fedya?
    - But what about me, fight, or what? I can’t fight. See how much junk I have?
    - Oh, Fedya, Fedya!

    (Kuban Cossacks)

    In general - sad humor turns out - always said: "First do it, and then brag!" And we have continuous announcements bespontovye!

    I look at you, and my heart again gives alarming calls.
    - What are the calls?
    - Anxious.
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  4. Igor Pavlovich Offline
    Igor Pavlovich (Igor Pavlovich) 24 August 2019 13: 45
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    Head of Roscosmos State Corporation Dmitry TORMOZin ...
  5. SERGEY SERGEEVICS 24 August 2019 14: 03
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    No one is safe from this and the equipment also malfunctions.
    1. Bitter Offline
      Bitter (Gleb) 25 August 2019 00: 49
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      recourse Sorry if they drown.
    2. A M Offline
      A M (A M) 25 August 2019 18: 53
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      Trampoline fitted stretched, eh, Rogozin .......
  6. steelmaker Offline
    steelmaker 24 August 2019 14: 04
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    I did not have time to rejoice, but they again upset me. If it does not work out, it will be such a joy to the Americans. Maybe after this Rogozin will be removed.
    1. anderlint Offline
      anderlint (Andrei) 26 August 2019 22: 43
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      Rogozin does not make rockets and robots, and little depends on the leadership. Do not exaggerate the role of the individual. Moreover, tomorrow is the second docking attempt.
  7. Screw Offline
    Screw (Gennady) 25 August 2019 15: 44
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    The work program has changed. The flaws of the course student on the ISS were revealed - maybe this is for the best. And why in vain tragedy to water - this is Cosmos.
  8. Pooh Offline
    Pooh 25 August 2019 19: 05
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    A crocodile is not caught, coconut does not grow,
    People pray to God, not sparing tears ...
  9. A.Lex Offline
    A.Lex (Secret information) 26 August 2019 07: 34
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    Let's see what happens today.
    1. General Black Offline
      General Black (Gennady) 27 August 2019 14: 08
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      Everything is good. Just some gentlemen, as usual, fuss.