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Watch What Occurs to Astronauts on the House Station Throughout an Orbital Reboost

Video clip of ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer and his Expedition 66 crewmates experiencing a reboost of the Worldwide House Station. Whereas the video on the backside of this text is sped up by 8 occasions, this GIF is sped up by 32 occasions.

That is paying homage to taking place a slide on the playground – after which instantly getting again in line to go down once more. Besides in area.

Right here’s what it seems to be like on board the Worldwide House Station when thrusters hearth for an orbital reboost. Whereas it looks as if the astronauts are transferring contained in the station, in actuality it’s the House Station that’s transferring round them. And essentially, the acceleration doesn’t occur this quick – the video is sped up eight occasions (GIF on high is sped up 32 occasions). But it surely nonetheless seems to be like enjoyable!

The information for the acceleration fee/change for this explicit burn was not accessible, however for a earlier burn with a period of 12 minutes, 17 seconds had a Delta-V of 1.34 meters/second (4.4 ft/second).

The crew seen right here is Expedition 66, which incorporates NASA astronauts Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn Kayla Barron, and Mark Vande Hei; ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer; Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov.

ISS Expedition 66 Crew Official Portrait

The official portrait of the seven-member Expedition 66 crew. From left are, NASA astronauts Raja Chari and Thomas Marshburn; ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Matthias Maurer; Roscosmos cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov; and NASA astronauts Kayla Barron and Mark Vande Hei. Credit: NASA

The astronauts are obviously enjoying the experience. It must feel somewhat similar to when a car or airplane accelerates – it feels like you are being pushed back into the seat, when in reality, the seat is being pushed into you by the acceleration of the vehicle.

The ISS usually orbits about 400 km (250 miles) above the Earth. But the effects of atmospheric drag can cause the station to lose as much as 100 meters a day in altitude. Therefore, regular reboosts are required, usually about once a month. There’s no real schedule for when a reboost is done, as the density of Earth’s atmosphere at those altitudes constantly changes, depending on how much energy is being fed into it by the Sun. Therefore, the orbital decay rate is not consistent. But the ISS orbits decays faster than other satellites at a similar altitude due to its massive size and surface area.

International Space Station From SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour

The International Space Station is pictured from the SpaceX Crew Dragon Endeavour during a fly around of the orbiting lab that took place following its undocking from the Harmony module’s space-facing port on November 8, 2021. The orbital complex was flying 263 miles above the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean when this photograph was taken. Credit: NASA

Reboosts are also done to optimize the ISS’s orbital position for future visiting vehicles arriving at the station. This particular reboost was performed in March 2022 using Russia’s ISS Progress 79 cargo craft. By firing its engines for several minutes, the station was put at the proper altitude for an arriving Soyuz for the new crew members that arrived in March.

NASA says that all ISS propulsion is provided by the Russian Segment and Progress cargo spacecraft. Propulsion is used for station reboost, attitude control, debris avoidance maneuvers (as well as eventual deorbit operations). The U.S. gyroscopes provide day-to-day attitude control, i.e. controlling the orientation of the station. Russian thrusters are used for attitude control during dynamic events like spacecraft docking, and they provide attitude control recovery when the gyroscopes reach their control limits.

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus is the only U.S. commercial spacecraft currently available to provide reboosts, although it is still currently in testing mode. The first Cygnus capable of performing reboosts arrived at the ISS in February 2022.

Originally published on Universe Today.


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