Damaged in December 2022 manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS-22” will return to Earth autonomously without astronauts, this decision was made by the state commission of Roscosmos following the results of the council of chief designers. This was announced by the head of the state corporation Yuri Borisov.
Location on the ISS of Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Petelin, as well as NASA astronaut Francisco Rubio is being extended, manned spacecraft “Soyuz MS-22” will go to Earth without a crew. A manned spacecraft will follow them. “Soyuz MS-23”, which will be launched 20 February in unmanned mode. earlier it was planned, what's on the new “Union” a crew consisting of Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub and NASA astronaut Loral O'Hara will depart for the ISS. They should have started 16 Martha.
15 December, the external contour of the radiator of the thermal control system of the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft was depressurized. The version of technical damage to the radiator during manufacture is not confirmed. Experimentally proven, that the damage to the radiator piping was the result of a meteoroid impact. Hole diameter - less than 1 millimeter- Roskosmos says in a statement.
On Tuesday, 10 January, in RKK “Energy” passed the council of chief designers, where the issue of the return of the crew from the ISS was discussed, taking into account the technical condition “Union MS-22”. As a result, several recommendations were issued on the basis of which the state commission took the appropriate decision..
ship depressurization “Soyuz MS-22” was noticed 15 December 2022 of the year in the preparation of Russian cosmonauts for spacewalks.