Rendezvous and Docking

Kurs Docking System

Once on orbit, Zvezda becomes the passive vehicle for a rendezvous with the already-orbiting International Space Station comprised of the Zarya control module and the Unity module. As the passive target vehicle, Zvezda will maintain a station-keeping orbit as Zarya performs the rendezvous and docking under ground control using the Russian automated rendezvous and docking system (Kurs). Following the docking, Zvezda assumes responsibility for attitude control and reboost. Many of the systems...

Zvezda Service Module Cornerstone of Russias International Space Station Modules

The Zvezda service module is the first fully Russian contribution to the International Space Station and serves as the cornerstone for early human habitation of the station. Named for the Russian word for 'Star,' the service module is scheduled to be launched unpiloted at 12 56 28 AM EDT on July 12 as the third station component, docking by remote control with the already orbiting Zarya and Unity modules at an altitude of about 245 by 230 statute miles (394 x 371 kilometers). The 42,000-pound...

First Crew

The Expedition One crew heads to the ISS in late October or early November to begin the permanent human presence on the station. Astronaut William Shepherd, and cosmonauts Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev will travel to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Shepherd serves as the Expedition Commander, Gidzenko is the Soyuz Commander and Krikalev the Flight Engineer. They will dock with the station two days after launch and begin a stay of about...