The space agency reports that a test of pushing the International Space Station slightly higher with the help of a US cargo capsule was halted after five seconds. NASA† The reason for the trial cancellation was not disclosed early on.
Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus engine was supposed to run for five minutes and a second. But only five seconds later, the test was canceled. It is not known at NASA where the error occurred and the cause is being investigated.
The International Space Station is in low orbit around the Earth. Because of the resistance in the atmosphere, it sinks about 100 meters toward our planet every day. That’s why the station needs a little nudge every now and then to keep it in the right orbit.
NASA wants to see if Northrop Grumman’s cargo container can help relocate the International Space Station. Testing is not necessary, as a moored Russian cargo ship can also keep the space station in orbit.
A new date has been set to give the Cygnus capsule a second chance for testing. Another test will be held on June 25. Three days later, the capsule will be separated from the International Space Station. Then it burns up in Earth’s atmosphere.
Cygnus was used to bring supplies to the International Space Station. After the International Space Station crew emptied the capsule, it filled with trash.
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