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Akihiko Hoshide

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leg Novitskiy
Petr Dubrov
Mark Vande Hei
Robert Shane Kimbrough
Megan McArthur
Tomas Pesquet


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The record-breaking flight of spacecraft Progress MS-14 has been completed

April 30, 2021

On Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 02:11:30 Moscow time, transportation cargo spacecraft Progress MS-14 undocked nominally from the Zvezda module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station. Following that it began a free flight, which lasted a little more than a day.

After moving away to a safe distance from the station, specialists from the Lead Operational Control Team for the ISS Russian segment (S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, part of the State Corporation Roscosmos) began to control the spacecraft flight. They tested a new spacecraft descent attitude establishing system.

According to the on-board computer program via commands from the Flight Control Center of TsNIIMash (part of Roscosmos), at 03:01 Moscow time, the braking engine was activated. After 4 minutes of operation, the engine fired a 120 m/s retro-burn to the cargo spacecraft. After that Progress MS-14 de-orbited from the near-earth orbit and burned up. At 03:42:27 Moscow time the spacecraft fragments unburnt in the Earth's atmosphere fell at the "spacecraft cemetery" in the non-navigable region of the South Pacific Ocean, 3,150 kilometers from the city of Wellington (New Zealand).

The Progress MS-14 cargo spacecraft was launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur launch site on April 25, 2020. The spacecraft assisted in 10 corrections of the ISS orbit altitude, two of them were unplanned for avoiding "space debris". In addition, it set up a record for the longest flight in a low-earth orbit for spacecraft of this series. Prior to that, the record belonged to Progress M-17, which flew as part of the Mir station in 1993-1994 for 337 days. The Progress MS-14 flight duration was 369 days.

Currently, Progress MS-16 forms part of the Russian segment of the International Space Station, which was launched on February 15, 2021. The next launch of the Russian cargo spacecraft is scheduled for mid-summer this year. In early May, preparations of Progress MS-17 for the upcoming launch will begin at the Baikonur launch site.

 

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