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MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. Specialists of the Mission Control Center (MCC) outside Moscow have competed a manoeuvre to raise the orbit of the International Space Station (ISS). The manoeuvre was performed using the engines of the Progress M-26M cargo spacecraft docked to the ISS, MCC told TASS on Friday.
"The spacecraft engines were activated at the designated time and worked for 657 seconds (about 11 minutes). The manoeuvre gave to the station a momentum of 1.22 meters per second, raising the average ISS orbit by 2.1 km," the MCC said.
This operation was needed to ensure optimal conditions for docking to the ISS of the Soyuz TMA-17M manned spacecraft with a new expedition crew. The spacecraft is to be blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome on July 23. The ship’s docking to the station is planned in six hours after the launch (6-hour fast rendezvous flight profile).
The ship will take Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui to the ISS. They will be met at the station by Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Korniyenko and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly.