Progress Undocking

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Wed Nov 01 2000 - 13:06:55 PST

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    Flight controllers undocked the Progress supply ship and deorbited it
    this morning (burnup at around 1415 GMT) in around three hours.  They
    didn't waste any time.
    
    Curious why they didn't leave it hanging around the ISS somewhere, or
    attach it to another docking port.  I know it can't be cheap to
    manufacture.  But I don't think it has the capability of re-entering
    without destroying itself, which gives it negative value when unloaded
    and docked to the ISS.  I would think that making a "two-way" Progress
    supply ship would be cheaper than making dozens of them in the long run. 
    Maybe the Russians didn't want to run the financial risk.
    
    Read on the Internet a couple days ago, on spaceflight.nasa.gov, under
    the gallery section that in the late 1980's and early 1990's, Russia has
    its own Space Shuttle program.  It looked just like the American Space
    Shuttles.  It made one unmanned test flight.  Upon its return, it was
    disassembled and the Russian equivalent of the VAB was converted into a
    trinket factory because of financial troubles.  I found that very sad and
    unfortunate.  Never knew about the Russian space shuttle, either.
    
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    Jonathan T. Wojack                 tlj18@juno.com
    39d45'N   75d33'W
    
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