Space cargo ship “Progress”
Russian spacecraft “Progress MS-04” can be lost, after the ship had problems with the telemetry link. “Roscosmos” on the official website reported the problem with the transmission of telemetry information.
“Today, after the launch of the carrier rocket “Soyuz-U” with transport cargo vehicle “Progress MC-04″ 383 seconds lost telemetry. At present the specialists find out the situation”, – stated in the message.
“The spacecraft may be lost”, as reported by TASS source in the space industry.
“Given that the engines of the third stage of the launch vehicle worked for a short period of time, the ship is likely to have fallen on the region of China or in the Pacific,” – said the expert.
According to him, an emergency situation arose before there was a separation of the spacecraft from the rocket.
“If for 150 seconds, until the separation happens, it is difficult to expect something else. Most likely, he lost,” the source said.
“Perhaps the ship and separated… but in the end began to fall and burned in the atmosphere,” he added.
The problem occurred at the stage of operation of the engine of the third stage RD-0110.
Start “Soyuz-U” has occurred from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 16:52 Moscow time. Start of the carrier rocket, as the separation steps were successful. It was planned that “Progress” will be in an Autonomous flight for two days and the vehicle docking with ISS is scheduled for December 3 at 19:43.
The last time “Progress” was lost in April 2015. The total damage was estimated at five billion rubles. Thus the single launch of the rocket “Soyuz” manned spacecraft is estimated at $ 90 million.