Published on : Jul 10, 2018
A Russian space vehicle stacked with food, fuel and different supplies has launched for the International Space Station.
The Progress MS-09 lifted off as planned at 3:51 a.m. Tuesday (5:51 p.m. EDT Monday) from the Russia-rented Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. It conveys almost three tons of provisions for the station's team.
The ship is relied upon to dock at the space station in under four hours after the dispatch - a most optimized plan of attack approach being tried out of the blue. Before, it took the Progress sends around six hours or two days to achieve the space station.
The Soyuz rocket rose up out of its hangar at Baikonur soon after dawn Saturday for the rail adventure to the adjacent Site 31 dispatch complex, where water powered cylinders drew in to raise the launcher vertical. A retractable gantry structure encased the Soyuz rocket to give the ground team access to the vehicle for conclusive commencement and fuelling systems.
The mission will be the 70th Russian Progress resupply dispatch to the International Space Station, and the second Progress flight this year.
Covered in a nose fairing on the Soyuz launcher, the computerized Progress MS-09 supply deliver is stuffed with almost three tons of hardware, tests, sustenance, fuel and water.
The present dispatch denotes the third endeavor to send a Progress payload ship to the ISS by means of this new quick track. Roscosmos first wanted to dispatch the Progress 68 spacecraft on this 4-hour trip in October 2017, however a very late defer constrained flight controllers to return to the old two-day course because of the orbital mechanics associated with achieving the ISS.