The Russian federal space agency Roscosmos plans to send instructions to swap the signal amplifier of the station's KURS docking system and test it before another docking attempt. Instead of cosmonauts, Fedor, also known as Skybot F850, was strapped into a specially adapted pilot's seat, with a small Russian flag in its hand.
During their six-hour and 32-minute spacewalk, the two astronauts successfully installed the second of two global docking adapters (IDA) on top of the station's Harmony module. NASA is planning to use Boeing's Starliner capsule and SpaceX's Crew Dragon Spacecraft to transport astronauts from Earth to the ISS and back shortly.
After four weeks in space, the craft completed its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement. Sivan also stated that an invitation has been extended to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to witness the landing of Chandrayaan 2, however, a confirmation is awaited.
Joe Dunford, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Tuesday at the sixth National Space Council meeting in northern Virginia. "We understand it. The command is expected to include almost 700 personnel pulled from the US strategic Command. Speaking Tuesday at the National Space Council in Chantilly , Virginia, Vice President Mike Pence said the command's official launch is set for August 29.
Chandrayaan-2's lunar orbit update follows the mission's successful launch , which took place last month. "The orbit achieved is 114 km x 18072 km". Addressing a press conference after the spacecraft entered the lunar orbit, Sivan said that the next major event is September 2, when the Vikram lander will be separated from the orbiter.
After coasting in the lunar orbit for about a fortnight, the big Moon landing is scheduled for September 7. This is Chandrayaan 2 with a special update. Without this move, the spacecraft will go out of the lunar ambit and travel into an unknown and unwanted space realm, according to experts who are conversant with the first Indian lunar orbiter mission, Chandrayaan-1 in 2008.