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Russian Cargo Ship Completes Successful Re-docking Test

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July 8, 2016

Image above: The Progress 62 cargo craft is seen moments after undocking and backing away from the Pirs docking compartment. Image Credit: NASA TV.

The Russian ISS Progress 62 cargo ship re-docked to the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment on July 1, 2016 at 2:05 a.m. EDT after a short test flight.

The system test included verification of software and a new signal converter incorporated in the upgraded manual docking system for future use in Progress vehicles in the unlikely event the “Kurs” automated rendezvous system encounters a problem.

Russian Docking System Tested Aboard the ISS

Video above: A Russian ISS Progress 62 cargo ship automatically undocked from the International Space Station July 1, moved to a distance of about 600 feet away from the complex, then re-approached and re-docked a short time later under the manual control of Expedition 48 cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of Roscosmos. The cosmonauts were testing an upgraded backup rendezvous system of the spacecraft, which cosmonauts can use to take over the manual control of an approaching unpiloted craft for docking in the unlikely event a problem. Video Credit: NASA TV.

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