A Russian Soyuz rocket launched a brand new robotic cargo ship to the Worldwide House Station late Wednesday (Oct. 27) to ship tons of contemporary provides for astronauts in orbit.
The Soyuz 2.1a rocket launched the Progress 79 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan 8 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 27 (0000 GMT or 5 a.m. native time on Friday) to kick off a two-day chase of the house station. The uncrewed provide ship ought to arrive on the station late Friday (Oct. 29).
“An ideal launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan,” NASA spokesman Rob Navias stated throughout reside launch commentary.
Progress 79 is carrying 5,623 kilos (2,550 kilograms) of provides for the seven Expedition 66 crewmembers presently residing on the Worldwide House Station, Navias stated. That features 3,351 kilos (1,520 kg) of dry items, 1,212 kilos (550 kg) of rocket propellant, 926 kilos (420 kg) of water, 106 kilos (48 kg) of air and 28 kilos (13 kg) of nitrogen.
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“The resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its photo voltaic arrays and navigational antennas as deliberate for a two-day rendezvous on its approach to meet up with the orbiting laboratory and its Expedition 66 crew members,” NASA officers stated in an announcement.
Progress 79 will on the aft port of the Zvezda service module at 9:34 p.m. EDT, Friday, Oct. 29 (0134 GMT Saturday, Oct. 30.) NASA’s reside protection of docking will start at 8:45 p.m. EDT (0045 GMT.)
On Monday (Oct. 25), an replace from NASA’s weblog famous the Russian cosmonauts of Expedition 66 are present process customary backup coaching to arrange for the ship’s arrival.
“Cosmonauts Pyotr Dubrov and Anton Shkaplerov are coaching for that mission in the present day working towards for the unlikely occasion they must take distant command of the Progress 79,” the company stated. “The pair from Roscosmos educated on the Zvezda service module’s tele-robotically operated rendezvous unit, or TORU, that will take management through the Progress 79’s automated method and rendezvous.”
Progress 79 will spend about six months on the house station. The final cargo automobile of the sequence, Progress 78, simply modified ports and spent 28 hours at some extent about 120 miles (193 km) from the orbiting complicated throughout a novel station protecting maneuver between undocking on the Poisk module and redocking on the new Nauka module.
Two Russian automobiles in latest months skilled surprising glitches that affected the station’s operations. In late July, the Nauka module by accident tilted the house station by about 540 levels shortly after its personal docking as a consequence of a software program glitch. NASA stated the crew was in no hazard on the time.
Then, on Oct. 15, a Soyuz MS-18 crew capsule that returned a movie crew to Earth final week, briefly knocked the ISS off-orientation; NASA and Russian house company Roscosmos are trying into what occurred.)
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