Friday, May 01, 2015
A recent resupply mission to the iss has been deemed a total loss.
Russian flight controllers have given up attempting to salvage a Progress cargo ship loaded with 3 tons of supplies and equipment intended for the International Space Station.
The Progress M-27M/59P spacecraft lifted from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:09 a.m. EDT Tuesday and continued to operate normally. however soon after booster separation from the booster’s upper stage and deployment of the craft’s two solar panels, communications and control of the craft ceased. Rendezvous antennas deployment or propulsion system pressurization could not be confirmed. It was at this time that rendezvous was canceled with a decision to let the supply craft fall back into the atmosphere.
NASA is hoping that Russian controllers will be able to regain enough control to bring the craft in for a water impact as to not endanger people and structures on land.