Live NASA TV Coverage of Cargo Ship Docking Test

The Progress 62 Cargo Spacecraft
The Progress 62 cargo spacecraft was photographed by astronaut Tim Peake a few days after docking in December 2015. Credit: @Astro_TimPeake

The Russian ISS Progress 62 cargo ship will undock from the Pirs Docking Compartment on the International Space Station for a short flight on Friday, July 1 to test an upgraded manual rendezvous system. NASA Television will provide live coverage beginning at 1:15 a.m. EDT.

The Progress 62 cargo ship will automatically undock from the Pirs Docking Compartment of the space station before it is manually guided back in to re-dock. The maneuver will begin with undocking at 1:36 a.m. and will take approximately 30 minutes, with re-docking planned for 2:10 a.m.

This activity will test an upgraded manual docking system and an associated signal converter. The resupply ship will back away to a distance of about 600 feet (about 183 meters) from the station, at which point Expedition 48 cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will take manual control of the spacecraft. They will use a workstation in the Zvezda Service Module to “fly” the Progress back to a linkup with Pirs.

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