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The reason for the unsuccessful docking of Progress to the ISS was the button.. / July 28, 2010 /

Experts have found out the cause of a failed docking of cargo spacecraft Progress to the ISS on July 2, Interfax reports with reference to the flight director of the Russian segment of the station, Vladimir Solovyov.

Failure occurred due to the noise channel VHF communications, which led to the formation of a false commands, but also due to the fact that the astronauts accidentally clicked the wrong button on the control panel. Solovyov said that the button is located so that accidental operation is possible, and added that the astronauts are to blame in these events.

Flight Director of the Russian segment also told that the channels of communication teleoperatornogo manual docking mode is not very well protected from interference, and added that specialists have some ideas, as one might modify this behavior. In this next space vehicle «Progress M 07-M», which will go to the station on September 8, will continue to be equipped with older systems, as engineers and technicians will not have time to process them in time. Solovyev added that the experts «think about the finalization» of systems that control teleoperatorny mode on «Progress M 08-M» and "Progress M 09-M.

Due to a failure in the docking of Progress M-06M "he docked to the station two days later than planned. At a distance of about 2-3 kilometers from the station the truck started sidetrack. Attempts to dock the Progress in manual mode is also not led to success.

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