Corporation “Roscosmos” acknowledged the incident in orbit, which occurred from the discharged fuel tank of the upper stage “Fregat-SB”.
“Based on the analysis of the measuring information, the automated system warning of dangerous situations in near-earth space confirmed the destruction of the resettable block the tanks of the upper stage “Fregat-SB” used 18 Jul 2011 with the launch of the Russian astrophysical Observatory “Spektr-R”. According to reports, the destruction took place on 8 may 2020 in the time interval 8.00–9.00 Moscow time in water area of Indian ocean” – said in a press release on may 10, published on the website of Roskosmos.
The number of fragments that shattered tank, and the parameters of their orbits are specified, the statement said.
First about the explosive destruction of the unit reported 18 squadron space surveillance air force of the United States, which tracks man-made objects in earth orbit. According to her, the pot is split with a minimum of 65 debris.