After Russia’s Mission Control turned up the heat aboard the Progress 47 resupply craft, warming the erratic upgraded KURS-NA rendezvous system, the unpiloted freighter successfully re-docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on July 28. With a trouble free re-docking at 9:01 p.m. EDT, Russia’s federal space agency, Roscosmos, and contractor RSC Energia will aim for operational use of the KURS-NA on Soyuz crew transport as well as Progress cargo missions as soon as 2014. The ...

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