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Russian space experts investigating how the Progress M-27M cargo craft went into its fatal tail spin said an explosion as the ship separated from its rocket could be to blame.
A cloud of space debris identified by the US airforce indicates some component of the vessel or its Soyuz carrier rocket exploded at the point of separation, damaging navigation equipment and knocking the craft off its intended orbit.
originally posted by: Meduzi
a reply to: Cauliflower
This is quite typical for Russia, to keep using technology that works well. Change for the sake of change, isn't in the Russian psyche. It's the American corporations that deliberately kill perfectly good technology, which forces people to spend money on things that they already have. (iPhones!)
originally posted by: Cauliflower
The perigee altitude is down to 109.44 miles.
The descent is not linear since the drag steadily increases with these lower altitude perigees.
The Russians built their space vehicles to last but there is no smoking gun that suggests this is actually a declassified bird being taken down using the ISS supply ship cover story.
It's the American corporations that deliberately kill perfectly good technology, which forces people to spend money on things that they already have. (iPhones!)