Moscow. April 24. INTERFAX.RU – The record orbital mission of the Progress MS-14 transport cargo vehicle, which lasted more than a year, is coming to an end, Roscosmos reported on Saturday.
According to the state corporation's website, in accordance with the Russian flight program of the International Space Station, on April 28 at 02:11:30 Moscow time, the spacecraft will undock from the Zvezda module of the ISS Russian segment.
According to preliminary calculations of specialists from the ballistic and navigation support service of the TsNIIMash Mission Control Center ( part of the Roscosmos state corporation ), after undocking, the “truck” will be in near-earth orbit for about a day.
Such a long autonomous flight time is associated with the testing of a new orientation system during flooding by specialists from the Energia Rocket and Space Corporation named after Korolev ( part of Roscosmos), the state corporation reported.
It is noted that the propulsion system of the cargo ship will be switched on for braking at 03:01:28 Moscow time on April 29. After four minutes, it will shut down and the “truck” will continue to descend. In accordance with the calculated data of the MCC specialists, at 03:34:23 Moscow time, Progress MS-14 will enter the dense layers of the Earth's atmosphere.
According to Roskosmos, the fall of the non-combustible structural elements of the ship will occur in the non-navigable area of the Pacific Ocean, 3,150 km from Wellington and 7,390 km from Santiago.
The Progress MS-14 spacecraft took off from the Baikonur cosmodrome and moored to the assembly compartment of the ISS Zvezda module on April 25, 2020.