Several Russian state media sources are reporting that the Russian space agency Roscosmos is going to abort the mission of the Progress M-27M cargo spacecraft and just let the craft run out of fuel and fall back to Earth. Analysts point out this is yet another embarrassing failure for Russia’s space program, and it comes at a particularly poor time given the nation’s current economic and political problems.
More on the failure of the recent Russian Progress spacecraft mission
Although Russia’s aerospace industry has had its share of problems over the last few years, notably the failure of the Phobos-Grunt mission to a Mars moons in 2012, the country’s space agency has been reliably providing flights between the space station and Earth for some time. The current glitched Russian Progress spacecraft mission was expected to be routine.