Russia’s Progress resupply ship docks in manual mode due to deviation from berth axis

Russia’s Progress resupply ship docks in manual mode due to deviation from berth axis

The Russian Progress MS-16 cargo spacecraft switched from the automatic to the remote control mode of docking with the International Space Station (ISS) due to its deviation from the berthing axis, the state space corporation Roscosmos said.

"During the docking, the Progress MS-16 cargo transportation spacecraft deviated from the mooring axis," TASS cited the Russian space agency as saying.

Following the recommendations by specialists of the flight control group, Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergei Ryzhikov switched the spacecraft to the manual mode of docking and docked the Progress to the orbital outpost normally, the Roscosmos press office specified.

The Progress MS-16 resupply ship docked at 9:26 a.m. Moscow time. Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin wrote on his Telegram channel that he had thanked Ryzhikov for "the spacecraft’s skillful remote control."

The Progress MS-16 resupply ship has delivered 600 kg of resupply propellant, 420 liters of potable water of the Rodnik system, 40.5 kg of compressed gases with additional nitrogen supplies and about 1,400 kg of various equipment and materials, specifically, equipment for onboard control, life support systems, kits for space experiments and medical monitoring, sanitary and hygienic items, clothing, standard food rations and fresh products for the current expedition crewmembers.

The Progress MS-16 spacecraft has also delivered a repair and recovery kit that consists of a set of reinforcing plates with an adhesive bond to temporarily seal the crack aboard the space station.