ISS orbit correction scheduled for October 7

A routine ISS orbit correction is scheduled for October 7, 2020 to form ballistic conditions prior to the Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft launch and docking.

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According to the TsNIIMash Mission Control Center (part of Roscosmos) data, Progress MS-14 cargo spacecraft docked to the Zvezda module accessory bay will have its engines switched on at 10:29 UTC for 103.5 seconds. The correctional maneuver will ensure the station orbit mean flight altitude increase by 400 meters to about 419.8 kilometers above Earth’s surface.

The Soyuz MS-17 crewed spacecraft is scheduled to launch on a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocked on October 14, 2020 from Site No. 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The spacecraft prime crew are Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, as well as NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins. Their backups are Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitsky, Pyotr Dubrov and NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hai.

Source: Roscosmos