The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology has announced the development of new software algorithms that will help control the orientation of the International Space Station.

"Experts at the Nanotechnology Center are working on developing software algorithms that will help control the engines of the Russian Naoka module of the International Space Station and can be relied upon to guide and change the station's orbit, these algorithms will be used in the future with the next ROS orbital station as well," said a statement issued by the institute quoted by the Russian website Vesti.

Anton Somarokov, assistant professor at the institute, said: "We want to develop algorithms to be able to turn on and off engines and at the same time control the direction of the International Space Station."

He pointed out that "there is a previous cooperation with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and experts from the Russian company "Energia" to develop algorithms that allowed Russia to control the launch of the "Naoka" module towards the International Space Station in 2021 and control the process of docking the module with the station."

Thanks to these algorithms, Naoka's engines were controlled as they flew to the station, and were able to maintain their desired destination during the flight.

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