Progress 40 approaches ISS in Manual Mode Photo Credit/NASA TV
Russia’s Progress 40 cargo capsule docked successfully with the International Space Station on Oct. 30, though in manual mode to deliver just over 2.5 tons of propellant, water, compressed oxygen, food, spare parts and other supplies to the six-person crew.
The linkup with the station’s Pirs docking module unfolded at 12:36 p.m., EDT, with cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri controlling tele-robotically from the space station.
Station commander Doug Wheelock and his crew, Shannon Walker, Scott Kelly, Fyodor Yurchikhin, Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka were to begin unloading the space freighter late Oct. 30.
Kaleri, at the direction of Russia’s Mission Control, interrupted the automated KURS approach as the capsule reached a separation of 200 meters. Kaleri completed the linkup as the two spacecraft sailed 225 miles over Western Kazakhstan.
“It was an excellent manual docking,” said Russia’s Mission Control, without immediate elaboration on the decision to switch from the radar guided automated docking mode.
The 40 Progress began its three-day transit with a launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Oct. 27.