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Progress freighter declared lost

The Russians have declared lost the Progress freighter that had been launched to ISS yesterday.

They never could regain control of the craft, plus it was in an incorrect orbit. Moreover, the U.S. Air Force has detected debris nearby, suggesting a significant failure of some kind.

The Russians are now considering delaying the next manned launch, scheduled for May 26, while they investigate this failure. Both Soyuz and Progress use some of the same systems, including the radar system that failed on Progress, and they want to make sure the problem won’t pop up on the manned mission.

At the same time, they are also considering advancing the launch date of the next Progress to ISS from August 6.

Based on these reports, I think they might swap the launch dates for the two flights. A Dragon is scheduled to go to ISS in between these missions, though that schedule could be changed as well to accommodate the Russian plans.

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2 comments

  • mpthompson

    Hmm, two major failures bringing supplies to the ISS within eight months of each other. Both involving Russian supplied systems. Not sure what to think of this. Is it just Murphy playing catch up? Or, does it indicate the ISS is in a much more precarious situation than we might have otherwise thought just a few months ago.

    Regardless, the pressure is now on SpaceX. A failure on their upcoming resupply mission would have grave consequences for the ISS.

  • pzatchok

    I don’t think the Russian space system can or even should speed up the next launch,

    They need to slow things down and find out what the heck is going wrong with all their equipment.

    And I do think the ISS is in more trouble than they are letting on. Not just because of the loss of a supply mission or two.
    But something is wrong with the whole design of the whole system. From the ground on up to the ISS.

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