Russia’s unmanned supply ship that carries 3 metric tons of supplies, equipment and propellant have been launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. It has passed the orbit and would reach the International Space Station on Friday. The ship will be carrying various supply items such as water, food, and scientific equipment.
The spacecraft MS-06/67P freighter, straddled atop a Soyuz-2.1a booster, blasted off from Site 31 at the sprawling Cosmodrome at 5.20 a.m. EDT. It was released into the planned preliminary orbit a little less than nine minutes later. Russian engineers say the spacecraft is launched in a perfect way they expected positioning its solar arrays and antennas as planned.
If everything goes as planned, the cargo ship will reach the space station early Friday moving for an independent docking at the aft port of the Russian Zvezda module around 7:42 a.m. The spaceship has 1,940 pounds of propellant with more than 100 pounds of compressed oxygen and air and 926 pounds of water and 3,069 pounds of spare parts, team supplies and other equipment including food rotation containers and selection of fresh produce, according to the Russian contractor Energia.
Along with the above equipment’s, the board also contains napkins, towels, space coveralls and medical kits along with data files experiment hardware, a Russian Orlan spacesuit, 156 pounds of NASA gear and supplies. All the equipment’s from the spaceship will be unloaded by the space station commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and his two American crewmates, Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer. The three crew members that departed and returned to earth were replaced by Soyuz MS-05 commander Sergey Ryazanskiy, Randy Bresnik and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli.
This is the second progress launched this year. Two SpaceX Dragon cargo ships were scheduled for launch in January and earlier this month and an Orbital ATK Cygnus freighter reached the lab in April. Two more Dragon spaceships will be launched in August and November, another one will be Cygnus that will fly in September and progress in October.