The orbit of the International Space Station will be modified on January 21 by the engines of the Russian “Progress-MS-14” space truck, combined with the Russian “Zvezda” unit.
This came in a statement published by the press office of the Russian “Ross Cosmos” satellite organization. The press office said that the station’s orbit will be modified in order to create the ballistic conditions for the landing of the “Soyuz MS-17” manned vehicle on the ground and the launch of the “Soyuz MS-18” space truck and its attachment to the space station at a later time.
The office said that the engines of the Progress MS-14 space truck combined with the Russian “Zvezda” unit will be operational at 19.14 on January 21 Moscow time for a period of 418.5 seconds, which will raise the orbit of the International Space Station to a height of 419.77 km above the surface of the earth.
It is reported that the manned “Soyuz MS-17” vehicle must return to Earth the Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Kod-Sverchkov and the American cosmonaut Kathleen Robbins.
Regarding the manned “Soyuz MS-18” vehicle, it will launch to the International Space Station next April with the Russian space crew that includes astronauts, Oleg Nowitzky, Pyotr Dubov and Sergey Korsakov for the first time since 2012, knowing that the crew of the “Soyuz” spacecraft For the past 9 years, the manned house had one foreign pilot.