Russian space station loses thrusters

Written by By Tim Alexander. Russian tumbling controllers worked to stabilize the International Space Station this week after new thrusters apparently accidentally propelled the ISS on a trajectory that left it more than 500…

Russian space station loses thrusters

Written by By Tim Alexander.

Russian tumbling controllers worked to stabilize the International Space Station this week after new thrusters apparently accidentally propelled the ISS on a trajectory that left it more than 500 miles off-course.

Astronauts from the station’s Expedition 57, who were tracking the situation aboard the orbiting outpost via the Russian Mission Control Center in Korolyov, stated they were “90% to 95% certain” that the problem was “not an isolated incident.”

As of Thursday afternoon the International Space Station was once again drifting at about 6 miles a minute.

The mission control center appears to have spotted an alert to “act fast” shortly after the thrusters deployed, suggesting the onboard flight systems were no longer working correctly.

According to press reports the new thrusters were intended to provide push as the crew prepared to launch to the station.

The ISS and its crew have a history of malfunctions. In 2010 an “electrical phenomena” caused the station to lose all power for several minutes.

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