The height of the ISS orbit lowers a kilometer before the arrival of the ship "Progress"

The height of the orbit of the International space station on Saturday, it is planned to reduce a kilometer before the arrival of the cargo ship "Progress MS-15", informed RIA Novosti the representative of the press service of the Roscosmos.

The height of the orbit of the station wanted to raise to 480 metres, on 10 July, but after the unscheduled evasive maneuvers ISS 3 July from the chip stage of the Russian rocket "proton", launched in 1987, plans were changed.

According to him, the engines of the ship "Progress MS-14", docked to the Zvezda module of the ISS Russian segment will be included at 22.15 MSK and will last 277 seconds. In the result, the average orbital altitude of the station decreases by one kilometer and will be about 418 kilometers above Earth.

As reported, the launch of the "Progress MS-15" carrier rocket "Soyuz-2.1 a" from Baikonur cosmodrome is planned on July 23 in 17.26 MSK, and its docking with the station - 20.47 GMT the same day.

The launch of "Soyuz MS-17" rocket "Soyuz-2.1 a" from Baikonur is planned on 14 October. His crew includes Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryzhikov and Sergey Code-Cvercko, as well as American astronaut Kathleen Rubins.

Now work on the ISS Russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin and John Wagner, as well as American Christopher Cassidy, Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken.