The Progress MS-14 cargo vehicle will stay with the International Space Station (ISS) for over a year. Thus, this device will set a new record for the longest stay in space.
“Progress MS-14” was launched with the aid of the “Victory Rocket” (“Soyuz-2.1a”) on April 25 this year from the site No. 31 of the Baikonur cosmodrome. The rendezvous of the “truck” with the ISS took place according to a superfast two-orbit scheme – the flight took less than three and a half hours. The ship delivered more than two tons of various cargoes to the station, including equipment for scientific experiments.
According to RIA Novosti, Progress MS-14 will stay in the orbital complex for 370 days and will be de-orbited in late April or early May 2021. Thus, the device will break the record of the Progress M-17 spacecraft, which was in the Mir station for 337 days (in 1993-1994).
Apparently, such a long flight of the Progress MS-14 spacecraft is explained by research aimed at increasing the time spent by spacecraft in orbital complexes.
It should also be noted that Progress MS-14, using its engines, has already successfully carried out seven corrections of the ISS orbit. In particular, one unplanned maneuver was performed to evade space debris.
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