Final Progress flight of 2016 ends in failure; spacecraft crashes on Earth.
For the second time in 18 months, a
Soyuz rocket carrying an unmanned Progress cargo freighter to the
International Space Station suffered a malfunction resulting in a
Liftoff of Progress MS-04 occurred at 9:51am EDT from the
Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The early stages of the flight
were nominal, but as the Soyuz rocket’s Blok I third stage was
firing, telemetry between the vehicle and ground stations became
“ratty” according to NASA voice commentary. It was also unclear
is the spacecraft’s solar arrays had deployed, a key indicator that
it was safely in orbit.
Within an hour of launch, reports from
Russia’s Tuva region reported large pieces of debris and explosions
coming from the sky followed by ground tremors, likely indicating the
spacecraft and its upper stage. Roscosmos confirmed that Progress was
indeed lost and destructively fell through the atmosphere.
Among the 2.5 tons of cargo the
unmanned cargo freighter was delivering to the station was a new,
upgraded Russian Orlan EVA suit and an experimental water recycling
Blok I stage of both rockets are similar, though the stage for the
modern Soyuz-2-1a features some modifications and upgrades.
While last year’s mishap used a newer
variant of the historic launcher, the Soyuz 2-1a, today’s flight
occurred on a Soyuz-U model. It was the penultimate flight of that
variant of the rocket, which was first introduced in 1973. Its final
flight is expected to occur in February, 2017, with the Progress
Blok I comparison between the older Soyuz U and modern Soyuz 2-1a rockets. The 2-1a features upgraded avionics, a stretched Liquid Oxygen tank, and other modifications. (P/C: RussianSpaceWeb)
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