The Progress MS-24 cargo ship, which undocked this morning from the Zvezda module of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS), left orbit and collapsed in the dense layers of the atmosphere. Most of the spacecraft burned up in the atmosphere, and unburned elements fell into a non-navigable area of the South Pacific Ocean. reported “Roscosmos”. Its place on the ISS will be taken by Progress MS-26, which is scheduled to launch from Baikonur on February 15.
The Progress MS-24 cargo ship has been part of the ISS since August 25, 2023. It was delivered into orbit by the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle, launched from Baikonur on August 23. Progress MS-24 delivered about 2.5 tons of cargo to the station. During the time Progress was a part of the ISS, eight corrections of the station’s orbit were made with the help of its engines, including one unscheduled one in order to avoid a possible collision with space debris. The station currently includes the Progress MS-25 cargo ship, which arrived on December 3, 2023.
In preparation for the upcoming launch, the Progress MS-26 space truck underwent pneumatic vacuum tests in December 2023 using a helium-air environment to test the tightness of the compartments and pneumatic hydraulic lines under ground conditions. Prior to this, the readiness of the Progress MS-26 onboard systems for insertion into orbit and docking with the ISS was checked.