Russia lost contact with its spacecraft

Russia lost contact with its spacecraft

Russian Federation continues attempts to establish contact with its spacecraft Progress M-27M. The craft successfully set off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome which is located in Kazakhstan this morning.

Russian Federation continues attempts to establish contact with its spacecraft Progress M-27M.

The craft successfully set off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome which is located in Kazakhstan this morning. The craft was carrying nearly 3 tons of provision and parts for the international space station and a copy of the Victory Flag that was raised over Berlin in 1945.

Flight track of the Progress M-27M

Flight track of the Progress M-27M

Everything went well until the third stage of rockets’ separation. Russian flight operators couldn’t verify the working condition of all the craft’s systems, especially its navigation system and docking mechanism.

Russian 'Progress M-27M'

Russian ‘Progress M-27M’

The scheduled docking to the international space station was to be postponed and attempted again on Thursday, but in the light of the latest events, it’s not clear to the end, when it will be actually made. The Joint Space International Center confirmed that they saw the unusual behavior of the spacecraft and currently they are tracking this situation. One can say for sure that the spacecraft lost control of the movement and is 360-degree spinning with a period of 5 seconds. Currently, the spacecraft is rotating near Australia.

This incident won’t affect any member of the ISS crew or the ISS itself. But the next resupply mission isn’t scheduled before June, 19.

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