Saturday 19 August 2017

Russian supply ship lifts off for International Space Station

The Progress space craft blasts off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AP)
The Progress space craft blasts off from Baikonur, Kazakhstan (AP)

An unmanned Russian cargo ship has lifted off on a journey to the International Space Station.

The Progress spacecraft blasted off from Russia's space launch complex in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, and is to dock with the space station in two days. It is delivering fuel, water, food and other supplies.

Russian Mission Control said the ship successfully entered its designated orbit just over nine minutes after lift-off.

It was the maiden launch of a modified version of the Progress, which has been in service for more than four decades. The new version, called Progress-MS, is fully digital and features an improved docking system.

A Progress launch in April ended in failure, but the latest supply mission in October was successful.

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