There is no “Progress”: what happened to space cargo ship

The launch of the carrier rocket “Soyuz” with the cargo transport ship “Progress” from Baikonur cosmodrome

Photo: Grigory Sysoev/RIA Novosti

On December 1, 383-th second after the start of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-U” with a cargo spacecraft “Progress MC-04” lost telemetry. Presumably, the wreckage of “Progress” fell in Tuva

What happened

On 1 December the carrier rocket “Soyuz-U” with spacecraft “Progress MS-04” was launched from the 31st launching pad of spaceport Baikonur. 383 second of flight during the third stage rocket engine RD-0110 lost connection, stopped the data. It was later revealed that the wreck could fall in Tuva, near Russian-Mongolian border. According to the source TASS, the witnesses saw flames in the area of the settlement. ishtii-Khem Tuva, “where I could drop debris”. We are searching for.

The mission of the ship “Progress MC-04”

Cargo ship “Progress MS-04” 3 December was to deliver to the ISS 2.5 tonnes of cargo — fuel for refueling, water, compressed gases for astronauts, scientific equipment — greenhouse “Lada-2” for the cultivation of sweet pepper, wheat and lettuce, the equipment for preparation of dairy products on Board, the system for water recovery from urine and parts, food, clothing, medicines and personal hygiene products.

Versions of what happened

According to a source “Interfax” at the launch site, the engine of the third stage RD-0110, which is produced in Voronezh, he could be off early, which led to the accident. According to another version, the reason of falling of the ship was the fault of the control system produced, according to preliminary data, the Kharkiv state scientific production enterprise “Kommunar”.

Sources “RIA Novosti” indicate that the cause of the crash could be negligence in the manufacture of this engine.

According to TASS, the accident could lead to blockage of the pipeline supplying fuel to the engine, which led to its premature shutdown.

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Debris launched on 1 December from the Baikonur cosmodrome carrier rocket “Soyuz-U” with space truck “Progress MC-04”, which was supposed to deliver cargo to the ISS, fell…

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What are the consequences

According to a source “RIA Novosti” if the cause of the accident was poor quality engine Assembly, it can cause all the finished engines, including those installed on launch vehicles, will be dismantled and sent for additional tests. This will lead to the postponement of the planned launches, and making personnel decisions.

TASS citing a source in the space industry reported that scheduled for the 2 February launch of the space cargo ship “Progress of MS” can be delayed until the reasons for the accident, which may last a few months.

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