Russia blames program failure for ‘unexpected’ ISS module thruster firing

The Russian-built Nauka module approached the ISS for docking.


Oleg Novitskiy/Roscosmos

Initially, the very good news. The Russian-constructed Nauka laboratory efficiently docked with the Intercontinental Place Station on Thursday morning. Now, the not-so-fantastic information: Nauka “inadvertently and unexpectedly” fired its thrusters just after docking, creating the ISS to lose angle regulate (aka manage above its orientation). On Friday, Russian place company Roscosmos pointed to a “quick-term software package failure” as the offender.

The Roscosmos statement — attributed to ISS Russian phase flight director Vladimir Solovyov — explained the docking mechanics worked reliably, but “a direct command was mistakenly implemented to

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