The TsNIIMash rocket and spacecraft scientific center has confirmed the destruction in the Earth’s orbit of tanks of the Russian Fregat-SB upper stage, the press service of Roscosmos space agency told TASS on Sunday.
It said the upper stage was used to place into orbit the Spektr-P scientific satellite in 2011. Measurement data is being collected and the number and parameters of the orbits of detected fragments is being specified, Roscosmos said.
According to the space corporation, the breakup occurred on May 8 within the time interval of 8:00-9:00 DMT over the Indian Ocean.
The 18th Space Control Squadron of the US reported on Saturday about the breakup of Fregat DEB. No indication that it was caused by collision, it said. It tracked 65 associated pieces.