The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration explained that there were no technical problems with the Soyuz MS-14 manned spacecraft; the reason for the unsuccessful docking was the malfunction of the Kurs automatic docking system amplifier, which is located onboard the ISS. At the same time, astronauts from the station cannot manually dock the Soyuz MS-14, since it is manned and it does not have a spare teleoperator control system that is installed on Progress cargo ships.
This is not a problem with the Soyuz spacecraft, but with the amplifier of the Kurs system on board the station. The ship cannot be docked in manual mode, since this system is not installed on the Soyuz MS-14 ship, since this is a manned version of the ship without crew on board
- explained in NASA.
Meanwhile, it is reported that the MCC will transmit to the ISS instructions for replacing the docking system amplifier. According to preliminary information, the following attempts to dock the MS-14 Union with the station can be made on Sunday or Monday. Details are not reported.
At the same time, it is reported that a meeting is currently being held at the MCC in connection with the failed connection so far. The arrival of the head of Roskosmos Dmitry Rogozin is expected.
The Soyuz MS-14 transport ship is located at a distance from the ISS. Docking is planned for the backup date. Nothing threatens the safety of the station and crew
- says the message of the Russian Space Agency.
Earlier it was reported that the Soyuz MS-14 manned spacecraft with the FEDOR robot on board was not able to dock with the ISS at the first attempt. Currently, it is allotted from the station to a safe distance.