ISS raised in two stages

two stage raised the orbit of the International space station. Work to raise the orbit of the ISS has completed the Christmas truck “Progress MS-13”, which docked to the Pirs module. Two inclusions on 576 and 494 seconds, the speed of motion of the orbital home was increased by more than 1 meter per second. The orbit was raised by 1 kilometer and 800 meters.

Now the minimum height of the ISS above the Earth is nearly 416 km, and the maximum exceeds 439 kilometers, according to “Roskosmos”. The height of the movement of the station was up for two switching engines, the Russian space truck to provide a technically safe mode of operation.

correction of the orbit will allow the safe return to Earth the crew of the manned “Soyuz MS-13”. This cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov, Italian Luca Parmitano and American astronaut Andrew Morgan. They go home to Earth February 6, 2020.

Now on the ISS are flying with the Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg skripochka, Americans, Kristina cook, Andrew Morgan, Jessica Meir, and Italian Luca Parmitano.

Correction of the ISS orbit are carried out regularly. The previous one was November 8th. The maneuver needed to flood in the Pacific, the cargo ship “Progress MS-12” and dock with the “Progress MS-13”. Then the orbit of the station was increased to 800 meters. New year’s “Progress MS-13” not only did the space of the towing vehicle, but delivered to the ISS Christmas and new year gifts from the Earth.