Where will Russian out-of-control space cargo mission fall on earth?

progressThe hurtling Russian spacecraft Progress M27M is likely to burn up once it enters the earth’s atmosphere but scientists are worried that it linger on to fall on earth hitting any place anywhere.

Had it been under control, then its descent could hav been controlled by the Russian space agency Rusmos so that it falls in the Pacific. “We have scheduled two more communication sessions to soothe our conscience,” said Roscosmos official, adding that it would be difficult to predict where exactly the Progress M27M would fall on Earth. In a crypt note ISS said the cargo mission is called off.

Expected to hit the earth’s surface next week, the uncontrollable and communication-less spacecraft is currently spinning at an orbit of 418 kilometres above the earth, which was its initial orbit phase to deploy solar panels.

According to Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency, the estimated crash is between May5 and 7, a week from now.

Progress M27M is an unmanned spacecraft carrying 2500-kg cargo supplies, mostly fuel, food and equipment went out of control hours after its launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The danger lurking now is that the Russian ground control cannot pin point the health of the spacecraft that is spinning and hurtling towards the earth. It is carrying 1,940 pounds (880 kilos) of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water, and 3,128 pounds of spare parts, supplies and scientific equipment.

However, ISS will not suffer much from the loss as it has food for 4 months and fuel for one year.


This is the second cargo mission after NASA-chartered Orbital spacecraft’s failure in October 2014 with similar re-supply cargo to ISS.

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