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Updated after successful docking
Nine hours after a fantastic launch disaster that broken a U.S. supply boat firm for a International Space Station, a Russians successfully launched a Progress load qualification from snowy Kazakhstan Wednesday carrying 5,793 pounds of rocket fuel, water, air, organisation reserve and other apparatus indispensable aboard a lab complex.
The Progress M-25M/57P spacecraft, mounted atop an upgraded Soyuz-2.1a rocket creation a initial flight, bloody off from a Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan during 3:09:43 a.m. EDT (1:09 p.m. internal time) and fast climbed divided by a bright blue sky on an eastward arena environment adult a six-hour four-orbit eventuality with a space station.
The Soyuz booster, holding off from a same pad used by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin during a emergence of a space age, featured a new digital moody mechanism and followed a somewhat opposite trajectory, according to RussianSpaceWeb.com, permitting a Progress load boat to lift about 660 pounds of additional load compared to progressing versions of a rocket.
The climb seemed to go uniformly and roughly 9 mins after liftoff, a Progress was expelled to fly on a own. A few moments after that, a dual solar panels and navigation antennas deployed as planned.
“The organisation feels wonderful, and we’re prepared for a timelined activities,” Expedition 41 commander Maxim Suraev radioed moody controllers in Moscow during a morning formulation conference. “So, how’s that Progress doing?”
“Good morning, everybody, this is Moscow,” a moody controller replied. “The Progress is doing splendid. … All a systems are preforming nominal, a antennas are deployed, and so all we’ve got to do is wait, given it’s entrance your approach today.”
“That’s a good thing,” Suraev said.
Over a subsequent 6 hours, a Progress upholder carried out a array of delicately designed rocket firings to locate adult with a International Space Station, gliding to a advancing during a Pirs procedure during 9:08 a.m. as a lab formidable sailed 261 miles above a Atlantic Ocean.
“Free deposit is confirmed,” Suraev radioed as a advancing mechanisms engaged. “Congratulations to a whole moody control team.”
“Thank you, Max, congratulations on a attainment of nonetheless another load vehicle,” a moody controller replied. “And we’ll continue behaving a steps.”
“Right, no time to relax right now,” Suraev agreed. “We’ll keep going.”
The Progress and a load are a acquire further for a station’s six-member crew. The upholder is installed with 1,940 pounds of propellant, most of it indifferent for space hire circuit composition maneuvers, 926 pounds of water, 105 pounds of oxygen and atmosphere and 2,822 pounds of dry cargo.
While a Progress was shutting in on a space station, belligerent crews during a Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport during Wallops Island, Va., approaching to be removing their initial good demeanour during a massacre caused by a thespian disaster of an Orbital Sciences Antares rocket that exploded Tuesday dusk seconds after launch. Destroyed in a fumble was a blurb Cygnus load boat installed with some 5,050 pounds of space hire supplies, examination hardware and other equipment.
It is not nonetheless famous what caused a thespian failure. It was a initial in 5 flights by an Antares and a initial hire module launch disaster given a Progress was broken after a third theatre malfunction in Aug 2011 that sent 2.9 tons of space hire reserve and apparatus crashing behind to Earth.
Despite a Antares failure, NASA officials contend a space hire is flush with supplies, adequate to keep a organisation handling for several months even if no some-more resupply flights were launched.
“We conduct a hire to strengthen for only such an eventuality should it occur,” Mike Suffredini, NASA’s space hire module manager, told reporters late Tuesday. “We keep logistics on house a ISS to strengthen us for about 4 to 6 months in a eventuality other logistics vehicles can’t make it to ISS. So in fact, a logistics on house today, if no other upholder showed up, takes us good into subsequent year. So from a consumables standpoint, we’re in good shape.”
Cargo aboard a Progress and a SpaceX Dragon load boat scheduled for launch Dec. 9 will boost those pot even more.