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    Default Russia launches ISS Nauka module (new cracks in the Zarya module)

    Russia launched their Nauka module

    At least it didn't auger itself into the Kazakhstan steppe

    https://youtu.be/9-xBhU7ZI7s

    http://parabolicarc.com/2021/07/21/r...le-into-orbit/
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    Nauka translates to science.

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    Uh-Oh...


    Anatoly Zak @RussianSpaceWeb
    UPDATE: #Nauka's main engines (pictured in operation) are currently out of commission. Specialists are troubleshooting the issue and developing a backup rendezvous plan. The module has ~30 stable orbits at current altitude. EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: http://russianspaceweb.com/insider-content.html
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    Mission control might attempt Nauka's orbit correction in coming hours. DETAILS: http://russianspaceweb.com/insider-conten
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    Despite what you might read in the Russian press, there was no engine firing attempts aboard #Nauka as of this moment...


    https://twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb/...96367831339010
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    Launch is not in mainstream news headlines.

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    What media reports are coming out of Russia have a lot of "massaged" language.

    Roscosmos is struggling with multiple problems. First with main engine propulsion, which may or may not be resolved, but also with the KURS docking navigation and other systems, causing the original schedule to go out the window.

    By no means out of the woods, and there are rumors if it does arrive at ISS the Russians will climb into a Soyuz and perform an exterior exam.

    These delays could easily delay Boeing's July 30 Starliner Orbital Flight Test 2 (OFT-2), a repeat test flight of their crew capsule. The OFT (1) mission ran into numerous in-flight problems (84+ !!), forcing a nearly 2 year NASA anal-exam review of Boeing's safety culture and the Starliner program.

    Not good looks for either Roscosmos or Boeing.
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    There are not many reports. I scanned 1tv.ru (big russian TV channel) which I only watch when something is happening (not much in past year or so) and there were no reports on this in the news headlines.

    News cycle is: Olympics, Covid, upcoming parliament elections (september, Putin is in power till 2024), floods
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    One of the best sources for Russia space is Anatomy Zak, who contributes to Aviation Week, Smithsonian Air & Space, etc. He also runs the RussianSpaceWeb website. Go back a few days on his Twitter feed and work forward.

    https://twitter.com/RussianSpaceWeb?s=09
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    Lots of trouble after launch, and today...

    NASA@NASA
    Following this morning's docking of the Nauka module to the @Space_Station, the module's thrusters started firing at 12:45pm ET inadvertently and unexpectedly, moving the station 45 degrees out of attitude. Recovery operations have regained attitude and the crew is in no danger:
    https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1420801401358364678

    Eric Berger @SciGuySpace (Ars Technica)
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    Good news from MCC Houston: Nauka thrusters are no longer firing. Attitude control appears to be stabilizing for the International Space Station.
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    It's not clear what happens next, or whether this affects the planned launch of Starliner on Friday afternoon from Florida. What we know from MCC Houston: "It’s safe to say the remainder of the day is no longer going to happen as scheduled."
    https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/stat...99079366397957


    Starliner OFT-2 was scrubbed, likely until August 3.
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    "Never any danger to the crew or the ISS"

    Ahem...Bullshit(-ski).

    Nauka's manuvering thrusters fired when it was in the process of being hardlinked to the Zvezda module and internal Umbilicals were being connected. ISS Docking is a multi-step process, and one of the things they do after docking is to fasten together the modules with bolts (sometimes explosive, sometimes not) to eliminate stress on the docking ring (essentially transferring the load to the much stronger docking flange surrounding the docking ring). To say Nauka and the ISS were in a delicate condition when all this occurred is an understatement. ISS Procedures are to deactivate the station-keeping maneuvering system during docking operations. ISS was not configured for maneuvering and wasn't in a maneuvering-ready configuration (hardware or software). Indications from NASA were that two Cosmonauts were actually inside the Zvezda docking ring vestibule when all of this went down. The fact the Russian Controllers had to wait until Nauka was in range of a Russian relay station to send commands to the module means the Umbilicals weren't connected or were non-functional. Ooops.

    At least now we know where Boeing got it's software from: The Russians!
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    Yup. A total cluster-frack starting at liftoff, and the Russian space program is dissolving as we watch. I seriously think the Gateway/Artemis partners are better off, and safer, without Roscosmos involved.
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    The old Soviet stuff works but I remember East Cosmodrome running over budget and schedule, embezzlement to the point where Putin showed up in person to tell them to get their act together.

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