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Attempt to contact Progress cargo spacecraft fails

April 29, 2015, 7:20 UTC+3
Russian specialists were expected to use a remote control mode of operation in order to stop the spacecraft’s erratic rotation
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MOSCOW, April 29. /TASS/. Russia’s Mission Control Centre failed to get telemetric data from the Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft during its first communication session on Wednesday, a rocket and space industry source told TASS.

"The attempt was unsuccessful," the source said, adding that the centre would make another attempt to get telemetry from the spacecraft at 05:00 Moscow time.

TASS reported on Thursday that Russian specialists on Wednesday were expected to use a remote control mode of operation in order to stop the spacecraft’s erratic rotation,

The Mission Control Centre declined to comment on Wednesday’s communication session.

A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress M-27M spacecraft blasted off from the Baikonur space site in Kazakhstan at on Tuesday morning. After its separation from the rocket, the Mission Control Centre said no telemetry was available. A source in the space industry told TASS that two antennas of Progress’s docking system Kurs had failed to unfold. Soon it turned out that the spacecraft itself had entered an undesignated orbit due to a mishap in one of the Soyuz-2.1a rocket’s stages.

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