Progress cargo spacecraft to deorbit on May 8

The Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft will fall from orbit on May 8, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos reported on Wednesday.

The Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft will fall from orbit on May 8, the Russian Federal Space Agency Roscosmos reported on Wednesday.

"The spacecraft will cease to exist approximately between 1:23 a.m. and 9:55 p.m. on May 8," Roscosmos said in a statement shared with Interfax-AVN on Wednesday.

"The spacecraft will burn up upon its reentry to the earth's atmosphere, and only some small fragments of its structural elements may reach the planet's surface. Their nature and sizes will be analogous to those occurring during the planned deorbit of Progress M spacecraft," Roscosmos said.

Roscosmos "will report more precise information on the time and possible area of the Progress debris' fall 24 hours before the expected moment," it said.

A Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle manufactured by the Samara-based Progress rocket and space center carrying the Progress M-27M spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur space center on April 28. After the spacecraft separated from the launch vehicle's third stage, it reached an unplanned orbit. Any attempts to take the spacecraft under control have been unsuccessful, and it has started deorbiting in an uncontrolled mode.

The United States Space Surveillance Network, which is part of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), has reported based on its updated findings that the Progress M-27M may end its ballistic existence and reenter the earth's atmosphere over the Horn of Africa in the second part of Friday, May 8.

The spacecraft's unburned debris may fall on the earth in the western part of the Indian Ocean, it said.

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