A Russian cargo plane lifted off from a Kazakhstan air base Thursday and is ready to dock on the Worldwide Area Station to ship greater than three.5 tons of meals, gasoline and provides to the six astronauts dwelling on the floating area lab.
The unpiloted Russian Progress 72 will dock on the ISS at roughly 10:25 a.m. EDT, NASA stated. The cargo craft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 7:01 a.m. EDT, reached preliminary orbit and deployed its photo voltaic arrays and navigational antennas.
“This was an ideal launch, proper on time,” NASA spokesperson Rob Navias stated throughout dwell commentary. “A flawless ascent.”
NASA started dwell protection at 9:45 a.m., broadcasting the plane touring Earth’s orbit two occasions earlier than docking on the ISS, the place it is going to stay docked for 3 months. The Progress 72 will depart the station in July and re-enter the Earth’s environment.
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Progress 71 is on target to finish the provision supply in report timing. Russia’s Roscosmos area company solely tried to ship provides to the area station utilizing the sort of plane as soon as earlier than, reported Area.com. Beforehand, the Progress traveled for 2 days earlier than reaching the orbiting laboratory.
Included within the cargo are 104 kilos of oxygen and air, 926 kilos of water and three,117 kilos of spare components and different gear. There are additionally three,375 kilos of propellant, Area.com added.
The cargo additionally contains provides the Expedition 59 astronauts want to finish a scheduled spacewalk Monday.
The Russia cargo craft will full the primary of three provide deliveries to the Worldwide Area Station this month. Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket with its Cygnus cargo spacecraft is scheduled to blast off from Pad 0A of Virginia Area’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Jap Shore on April 17, reported NASA.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and cargo Dragon spacecraft will launch from Launch Complicated 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Drive Station in Florida the next week.
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