Russian cargo ship tumbling around in space is pretty much doomed to fall back to Earth at this point


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#2

Is this the ship that is supposed to be delivering an espresso machine? There are going to be some grumpy bunny astronauts…


#3

This is the best outcome. It has had a control system failure so its a write off. You don’t want it hanging around in orbit and potentially running in to other vehicles.


#4

At which point?

I want to be sure it isn’t where I am.


#5

Do Svidaniya!


#6

The espresso machine went up on a SpaceX Dragon a couple weeks ago.


#7

I call rights of salvage! Anybody got an F-150 I can borrow?


#8

Most likely, you’ll need a boat. and a large net. And to get there before all the debris sinks. Most likely.

Also, you might have to deal with radioactive parts. I don’t know if the Progress-M capsules have X-ray reflection based ground sensors, but the manned Soyuz capsules do. They sense when they’re 2 meters above the ground via a small radiation source in the bottom of the craft, and a radiation sensor. At 2m above the ground it fires a very short duration retro-rocket to slow the final impact with the ground.

Anyway, if you’re going to go out looking for space craft debris, you’ll probably want a dosimeter or something like that as well.


#9

Pfft I’m not afraid of radiation. It’s probably not even real, scientists just made it up to scare people. Anyway, I’ll wear those tough rubber dishwashing gloves.


#10

Y’all are going to let us know precisely when it’s about to burn up, right? Hopefully it will be at night and visible in my hemisphere.


#11

The Progress isn’t designed to survive re-entry, let alone perform a soft landing so I doubt those sensors are installed.


#12

I didn’t know that. Interesting. I had to do some reporting in high school on the Soyuz program, and learned a lot of interesting things about the manned capsules, but I’ve been slacking off and don’t really know anything about the Progress spacecraft.


#13

We’re missing the important thing here. Like all doomed Russian ships drifting out of control, it’s full of cannibalistic rats and going to crash into Britain.


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