Russia: Soyuz spacecraft carrying humanoid robot fails to dock with ISS

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft which was supposed to dock at the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, at 08:30 local time (5:30 GMT), failed to so, as an official from Russia's Roscosmos space agency explained from the agency's control centre in Korolyov on the same day. The docking was planned to take place at 08:30 local time (5:30 GMT). By this time the craft was 100 metres (328 feet... Еще) from the station. The docking was supposed to take place in automatic mode and although the Soyuz successfully approached the ISS, flew over the station and stopped in front of the module, it was then visible on the broadcast that the Kurs automatic docking system could not stabilise the ship and begin the final approach to the station. Subsequently the ship pulled back, having been 96 metres (315) away at its closest, after which the broadcast ceased. According to first Deputy General Designer for flight operation, testing of space rocket kits and systems Vladimir Soloviev, the next attempt to dock the spacecraft to the ISS will be undertaken on the night of August 25-26.

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