A Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft successfully docked to the space station on August 26 after a failed parking attempt on August 24.
A Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday night, after it failed to go to its “parking spot” on August 24.
The uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, which had a humanoid robot on board, successfully attached to the space station’s Zvezda module at 11:08 p.m. EDT on August 26, NASA said in a press release. The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft, which delivered 1,450 pounds of cargo, including the Skybot F-850 humanoid robot, to the Expedition 60 crew, will stay at the orbiting laboratory for 14 days.
“The second time was the charm,” NASA spokesperson Rob Navias said during live commentary after the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft docked at the space station. “A flawless approach.”
Unlike other Soyuz capsules, the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is the first to visit the space station without human crew members, Space.com reported.
Over the weekend, the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft aborted its first docking attempt due to a potential issue with an amplifier of a navigation system on the space station.
On August 22, the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft was sent on a test flight with an upgraded Soyuz 2.1 rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The test flight to the space station aims to monitor the spacecraft’s compatibility with the revamped Soyuz booster rocket. According to NASA, the Soyuz 2.1 booster features a new digital flight control system and upgraded engines. Starting next spring, the booster will be used to transport crews to the space station.