Russia Roscosmos Hasn't Fix Nauka Software Glitch That Shoves ISS Out of Position: Will This Happen Again?

Russia is currently in trouble after its new space module called Nauka accidentally shoved the International Space Station (ISS) out of its original position. Roscosmos claimed that the unexpected space accident was caused by their new space station’s software glitch.

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In this handout photo provided by NASA, the International Space Station is seen over a blue and white Earth, taken shortly after the Space Shuttle Atlantis undocked from the orbital outpost at 7:50 a.m. CDT. The unlinking completed six days, two hours and two minutes of joint operations with the station crew.

Although the issue already affected the entire ISS, Roscosmos officials announced they haven’t developed a fix to solve the system issue. But, they added that they will inform their U.S. partners once new updates are released.

“Due to a short-term software failure, a direct command was mistakenly implemented to turn on the module’s engines for withdrawal, which led to some modification of the orientation of the complex as a whole,” explained the flight director of the space station’s Russian segment, Vladimir Solovyov.

As of the moment, the Russian space agency said that they will conduct essential investigations why the thrusters of Nauka suddenly fired, pushing the International Space Station.

How Serious Is Russia Nauka’s Software Glitch?

According to News 5 WKRG‘s latest report, the recent Nauka incident is a serious one since it could affect the performance of ISS when it comes to space innovations and other missions.

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In this handout image provided by NASA, backdropped by a blue and white part of Earth, space shuttle Discovery approaches the International Space Station during STS-133 rendezvous and docking operations February 26, 2011 in Space. Discovery, on its 39th and final flight, is carrying the Italian-built Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM).

Various space experts said that the original position of the space structure is essential since it allows ISS to gather enough power from the sun using its solar panels. On the other hand, since the International Space Station is already out of its place, its communication activities back to Earth might also be affected.

However, Space Station Manager Joel Montalbano said that the accident did not cause any injuries for the astronomers.

“We haven’t noticed any damage. There was no immediate danger at any time to the crew,” he added.

Montalbano shared that the crew members of ISS did not feel any movement or shaking at all during the sudden incident with the Nauka space module.

On the other hand, NASA confirmed that the ISS was moved around 45 degrees from its original attitude and almost one-eighth of a complete circle.

Aside from this, the international space agency’s spokesman, Bob Jacobs, announced that the space complex stops spinning after the new Russian space module shoved it.

What Really Happened With ISS and Nauka?

US News reported that the software glitch forced Russia’s Nauka space module to fire its thrusters towards ISS. Solovyov explained that the system issue sent an incorrect direct command to turn the new lab’s engines.

However, the Roscosmos official added that the space incident was quickly countered by another Russian space component’s propulsion system to prevent serious damages.

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