Roscosmos confirmed the destruction of the Frigate-SB upper stage

US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The TsNIIMash Research and Development Center for Rocket and Space Vehicles confirmed the destruction of the dropping block of tanks of the Russian upper stage Fregat-SB in the Earth’s orbit, the press service of the Roscosmos Space Agency said.

It also reports that in 2011 the upper stage was used to launch the Spektr-P scientific satellite into orbit. Measurement data is being collected, the number and parameters of the orbits of the detected fragments are being specified, the Russian Space Agency said.

According to the space corporation, the tank explosion occurred on May 8, 2020 in the interval from 8:00 to 9:00 Moscow time over the Indian Ocean.

The 18th US Space Control Squadron announced Saturday the collapse of the Frigate SB stage. No evidence was given that this was due to a collision. At the moment, 65 related parts of the residues have been clearly tracked.

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