Re: Soyuz/Progress docking rules

From: Gordon Prichard (
Date: Fri Mar 27 2009 - 12:04:14 UTC

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    There does seem to be something going on. Here on Australia's east coast
    I have never seen a Soyuz, only see Shuttles if there is a delay in
    launch (ISS is also invisible during shuttle flights) and only see
    Progresses when they stay in orbit for a while after undocking.
    I suspect that this because Moscow and Houston try to schedule launches
    and major manoeuvrers during their "working hours". Or perhaps it's a
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Rainer Kresken" <>
    To: "SeeSat" <>
    Sent: Sunday, March 29, 2009 8:28 PM
    Subject: Soyuz/Progress docking rules
    > Dear all,
    > I have been looking for many years for an opportunity to see a Soyuz
    > Progress craft in the vincinity of Mir and later the ISS.
    > My lack of success in this mater can not be accounted to bad luck
    > anymore and I speculate that there are certain lighting/ground station
    > coverage rules in place for such dockings that exclude visibity from
    > location in Germany (50 N, 9 E).
    > Does anybody know more about these rules?
    > Thanks in advance!
    > Rainer
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