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Tank from a Russian upper stage “Fregat-SB” exploded in space and disintegrated into dozens of fragments. The explosion was detected by the Americans. The incident was reported on Twitter 18 squadron space surveillance USAF (18th Space Control Squadron, SPCS).
“The demolition of block “Frigate” took place on 8 may between 7.02 and 8.51 GMT. Tracked 65 associated debris. There is no indication that the explosion was caused by a collision with another object”, — stated in the records of the U.S. military.
We are talking about dumped the tank of the upper stage “Fregat-SB”. During injection of the satellite into orbit it is separated after the consumption of fuel. The tank was used in 2011 for delivery to the space Observatory “Spektr-R”.
Threaten any of the debris to satellites and other artificial bodies in space, the air force said.
Eighteenth squadron of the U.S. air force is looking for tracks and identificeret all artificial objects in orbit.
Over the decades of human presence in space in orbit were about 250 destruction of space objects. It exhaust his companions, steps of carrier rockets, booster blocks. Objects either explode, or collide with other space debris.
Earlier, the “Rambler” reported that Russia has started to create a new upper stage “Fregat-SBU” to develop rocket “Soyuz-5”.
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