February 4th According to a report by the Russian Sputnik Network on the 4th, a representative of the Information Office of the Russian National Space Group said that the “Progress MS-15” cargo spacecraft will be separated from the International Space Station on February 9 and deorbited on the same day.
He said: “According to the International Space Station flight plan, the ‘Progress MS-15’ cargo spacecraft mission is coming to an end.
It is planned to start the separation at 8:21 Moscow time on February 9
The representative pointed out that at 11:30 Moscow time on the 9th (16:30 Beijing time), the spacecraft would start the engine “brake” to deorbit.
According to experts, the Progress spacecraft will fall into the atmosphere at 12:04 Moscow time on the 9th (17:04 Beijing time), and a small number of debris will fall into the unnavigable area of the Pacific Ocean.
The next ship was taken over by the “Progress MS-16” cargo spacecraft scheduled to be launched from the Baikonur launch site on February 15.
Progress MS-16 launches were postponed from 11 December 2020 due to additional checks.