Russian cargo ship fails to dock at ISS: NASA

Jul 24, 2012
This file photo shows a Russian unmanned cargo spacecraft Progress M-13M blasting off from the Russian leased Kazakhstan's Baikonur cosmodrome in 2010. Another cargo ship, Progress 47, has failed to successfully dock with the International Space Station (ISS) during tests designed to facilitate future dockings, the US and Russian space agencies said on Tuesday.

The Russian cargo ship Progress has failed to successfully dock with the International Space Station (ISS) during tests designed to facilitate future link-ups, the US and Russian space agencies said Tuesday.

"The re-docking of the Russian ISS Progress 47 resupply spacecraft to the International Space Station has been postponed due to an apparent failure in the new Kurs-NA rendezvous system," NASA said in a statement on its website.

A spokesman for the Russian Mission Control Centre confirmed to AFP that the cargo ship, known as Progress M-15M, had failed to dock, without providing further details.

The docking was to have taken place at 0158 GMT, the Russian Mission Control Centre said.

The vehicle had undocked from the station on Sunday to perform tests to faciliate future dockings of cargo ships to the space station.

The Russian Space Agency said later Tuesday that the cargo ship was currently located 484 kilometers from the ISS and the next docking attempt would take place after the scheduled arrival of the Japanese HTV-3 cargo ship on Friday.

The state RIA-Novosti news agency, citing an unidentified representative of the Russian Mission Control Centre, said the next attempt to dock would take place around 0100 GMT Sunday.

A source in the space industry told RIA-Novosti that if the second attempt at docking fails, the old systems could be used to link the cargo ship to the ISS.

"The ship has the time-tested Kurs system with which the ship was docked to the ISS on April 22.

"If repeated attempts to test the Kurs-NA modernised version do not succeed then Progress M-15M would either be docked using the regular Kurs (rendezvous system) or taken off the orbit and sunk," the source was quoted as saying.

"In any case, the ship has performed its task -- it has delivered goods to the station as planned and has been loaded with waste."

Russian Mission Control officials were not immediately available for comment.

Russia's space programme has been beset by a litany of technical problems which have resulted in the loss of a half dozen satellites and vehicles over the past year, including a Progress cargo vessel bound for the ISS.

There are currently six people on the space station, which orbits 350 kilometres (about 220 miles) above the Earth and is permanently occupied by an international crew.

American Sunita Williams, Japan's Akihiko Hoshide and Yury Malenchenko of Russia joined Russians Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin and US astronaut Joseph Acaba at the orbiter earlier this month.

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GSwift7
5 / 5 (1) Jul 24, 2012
Probably a bit too much hype here, at least until they say what the problem was, and why they decided to abort. It could have been a very minor problem. They are extremely cautious about objects approaching the station, and they'll get plenty more opportunities to try the new system again in the future. It's funny that they mentioned the Russian string of bad luck, because this could have been called off due to a problem on board the ISS just as easily as a problem on the Soyouz.
CapitalismPrevails
2.1 / 5 (7) Jul 24, 2012
Does Russia think that naming their rocket "Progress" will make it more apt to succeed?
Vendicar_Decarian
3.3 / 5 (7) Jul 24, 2012
Does CapitalismPrevails think that by naming itself "CapitalismPrevails" that it will make American Capitalism something more than a spectacular failure?

trekgeek1
5 / 5 (1) Jul 24, 2012
Does Trekgeek1 think Star Trek is awesome and also like chocolate? He does.
Lurker2358
not rated yet Jul 24, 2012
So what does this come to, roughly $15,000 dollars equivalent per pound loss?
CapitalismPrevails
1 / 5 (3) Jul 24, 2012
VD, so should i just change my name to SocialismPrevails? Just asking because were living it right now.
Vendicar_Decarian
2 / 5 (4) Jul 24, 2012
The ongoing Failure of America is a Failure of American Capitalism of course. In the most recent American failure, the cancer took the form of a near collapse of the U.S. banking industry due in large part the removal of banking regulations that prohibited banks from speculating with other people's money as they did in the early 2,000's under George Bush.

At this point, the only thing that is keeping tens of millions of Americans from starving in the street are Socialist income security programs that are costing the U.S. government close to a trillion dollars a year.

It will be fun to watch how lightning fast Republican austerity programs will drive the U.S. unemployment rate to 30 to 40 percent, and push the U.S. into a second 30 year long grand economic depression.
CapitalismPrevails
not rated yet Jul 24, 2012
VD, i'm not even gonna try to refute you. Your delusional thinking prohibits your learning from experience. Just keep making a fool of yourself even thou you apparently don't care. Ultimately, you will self-destruct.
GSwift7
5 / 5 (3) Jul 25, 2012
So what does this come to, roughly $15,000 dollars equivalent per pound loss?


What do you mean? The cargo ship already docked and unloaded. Then they filled it up with trash, like they always do, and it undocked. Then they were going to try a new automated docking system, but called off the test. Now they can either try again or just crash the trash ship as they normally would. Soyouz craft are never re-used as far as I know. There's no "loss" here except a missed opportunity to try out the new docking system.
antialias_physorg
4 / 5 (4) Jul 25, 2012
Does Russia think that naming their rocket "Progress" will make it more apt to succeed?

Does the US think that naming their craft "Challenger" will make it more apt to succeed?

What kind of a stupid comment is that?
Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (2) Jul 25, 2012
The first banking deregulation disaster caused the Savings and loan bankruptcies in the late 1980's that resulted from Conservative efforts to deregulate that industry.

In total, that Republican disaster cost the American tax payer roughly 1 trillion dollars.

But since Conservatives don't live in a reality based universe, they tried twice more, producing two successive financial disasters, the second leading to the current American near depression.

"VD, i'm not even gonna try to refute you. Your delusional thinking prohibits your learning from experience." - CapitalismFails

Apex2001
not rated yet Jul 25, 2012
Vendicar,
1. The Federal Reserve Bank(4th branch of government mandated by congress) existed before the mortgage collapse. Obviously a central planner like the central bank can't know how interest rates should set. Only the populace and it's aggregate ownership and participation in the market can have the information to properly set prices or interest rates.
2. The SEC existed before the mortgage collapse. Did they do their job? Apparently they gaffed it off as always and why would they (a bureaucracy) behave differently? Their motivation isn't inline with the market but inline with the status quo and advancing their power by law. Only free markets can regulate themselves more efficiently as i alluded to in 1.
3. And need i saw Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and CRA. We all know they made house loans to people who had no business qualifying for them and couldn't pay them back. CP is right. Your insane because you advocate the same policies twice but demand a different result.
sirchick
5 / 5 (2) Jul 25, 2012
VD, so should i just change my name to SocialismPrevails? Just asking because were living it right now.


Lets stick to science not politics.
Apex2001
1 / 5 (1) Jul 25, 2012
VD, so should i just change my name to SocialismPrevails? Just asking because were living it right now.


Lets stick to science not politics.


How about you give credit where credit is due. You conveniently skipped a prior post.

Does CapitalismPrevails think that by naming itself "CapitalismPrevails" that it will make American Capitalism something more than a spectacular failure?
- Vendicar_Decarian
Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Jul 25, 2012
The Securities and Exchange commission has no power to continually comb through the financial books of Banks.

"2. The SEC existed before the mortgage collapse. Did they do their job?' - Apex

Clearly you have no clue as to how the U.S. financial system works, or how it failed.

"The Federal Reserve Bank(4th branch of government mandated by congress) existed before the mortgage collapse." - And served the U.S. economy reasonably well until a LiberTarian/Randite was placed in power there. His ideology told him that businesses would never act in a manner that was not in their own interest.

They did just that of course, given the first chance they had. As a result the U.S. banking industry collapsed, and nearly took the entire U.S. economy with it.

Libertarian Greenspan, later admitted that his Libertarian ideology was the cause of the disaster.

Cont:
Vendicar_Decarian
5 / 5 (1) Jul 25, 2012
"I made a mistake in presuming that the self-interests of organizations, specifically banks and others, were such that they were best capable of protecting their own shareholders." --Alan Greenspan

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Vendicar_Decarian
not rated yet Jul 25, 2012

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"We all know they made house loans to people who had no business qualifying for them and couldn't pay them back." - Apex

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Republicans are incompetent, and destroy everything thier incompetent hands touch.
antialias_physorg
not rated yet Jul 26, 2012
Apex2001:

ANOTHER sockpuppet? Don't you ever get tired of making those?