Priroda docking delayed ?

Bart De Pontieu (BDP@MPEPL)
Fri, 26 Apr 1996 11:23:51 +0100 (CET)

Just picked this up from sci.space.shuttle. Since this might influence our
sighting possibilities, I thought it might interest some of you:

James Oberg writes:

>The failure of one of the two power busses on Priroda yesterday will
>change tomorrow's rendezvous plans, I'm told. Since each bus had about
>five days worth of battery power (there are no solar panels), tomorrow
>will be the "normal" AND "backup" day -- if the automatic system
>malfunctions (as it did on Kvant, Kvant-2, and Kristall), the Priroda will
>hold position -- NOT separate away -- until proper lighting for a manual
>remote-controlled approach soon thereafter.
>These guys are last-ditching it again, they've done it so often in recent
>years it's starting to look "routine", and they'll probably get away with
>it again... but not forever. The control center and flight crew are the
>original "iron men" with great resiliance and robustness, so I'd bet on
>them one more time.

Cheers,
    Bart
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