New Russian spacecraft leaks in orbit
New Russian spacecraft leaks in orbit
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New Russian spacecraft leaks in orbit

The Progress MS 21 cargo ship, currently docked to the International Space Station, has been isolated after a depressurization was discovered on board.

Official announcement

On Feb. 11, Roscosmos, the state-owned enterprise in charge of Russian space activities, announced that the Russian Mission Control Center of the International Space Station (Tsoup) near Moscow had recorded a depressurization on board the Progress MS 21 automatic cargo ship.

This has been docked to the station's Russian Poisk module since October 28 2022.


No consequences for now

The cargo access hatch has been closed as of now, with all the equipment intended to be removed for burning in the atmosphere already installed on board.

The incident comes less than two months after a leak that appeared on the Soyuz MS 22, attributed to a collision with a micrometeorite...

Roscosmos did not delay the arrival of the Progress MS 22, which was launched two days earlier from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docked Feb. 11 at 8:45 a.m. UTC to the back of the Russian service module Zvezda.

The incident is also not expected to interfere with the departure of the Progress MS 21, currently scheduled for February 18 

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