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Russian Progress 59 Experiences Problem (Update)

By Marc Boucher
April 29, 2015
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Russian Progress 59 Experiences Problem (Update)

Russian Progress Cargo Space Station Resupply Spacecraft Launches but has Problem
“In the early morning hours today a Russian Progress unmanned cargo spacecraft launched from Kazakhstan with supplies for the International Space Station (ISS). The launch appeared to be picture perfect until it reached orbit. At that time there was a communication issue. Controllers in Russia were unable to confirm ‘deployment of navigational antennas or the repressurization of the manifolds in the propulsion system’ according to NASA commentator Rob Navias.”
Keith’s note: We’ve added a video to this story which clearly shows the abnormal spinning that Progress is experiencing.
Keith’s update: NASA UPDATE (4/29 9:50 a.m. EDT): Docking has been called off for the Progress 59 spacecraft. Russian flight controllers are continuing to assess the vehicle and what the plan going forward will be. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

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