European ATV-2 space freighter to readjust ISS orbit by 10.2 km

Russia’s Mission Control will raise on Wednesday the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS) by 10.2 km (6.3 miles) using Europe’s ATV-2 Johannes Kepler to 374.7 km (232.8 miles), a statement from the Mission Control said.

“In line with the program of the International Space Station’s ballistic flight, another correction of the station’s orbit is scheduled for June 15 using thrusters of the European space freighter ATV-2,” the statement said.

The statement said the adjustment is slated for 19.55 Moscow time (15.55 GMT) and the operation will last almost 40 minutes.

European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-2), which docked with the ISS on February 24, conducted two similar operations on June 12. The spacecraft is scheduled to undock from the station on June 21.

Corrections to the space station’s orbit are conducted periodically before launches of Russian cargo ships and U.S. shuttles to compensate for Earth’s gravity and to safeguard successful dockings.


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