One other Russian cargo ship is on its approach to the Worldwide Area Station.
A Soyuz rocket launched the unmanned Progress 82 freighter to the worldwide house station (ISS) from the Russian-run Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight (October 25) at 8:20 p.m. EDT (0020 GMT and 5:20 a.m. native Baikonur time on October 26).
Progress 82 is carrying practically 3 tons of meals, gasoline and different provides for crew members of the present Expedition 68 mission from the orbiting laboratory.
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The freighter will chase the ISS for 2 days, ultimately catching up with it and docking Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10:49 p.m. EDT (02:49 GMT Oct. 28), if all goes as deliberate. You may watch the arrival right here on Area.com, courtesy of NASA TV. Protection is scheduled to start at 10:15 p.m. EDT (02:15 GMT on October 28).
Progress is one among three robotic spacecraft at the moment performing cargo missions to the ISS. The opposite two are personal American automobiles — these of SpaceX Dragon capsule and Northop Grumman’s Cygnus automobile.
Dragon is reusable, however Progress and Cygnus are consumable gear that burns in earth’s environment when their time in orbit is up. The Progress 80 automobile lately handed away, in reality, leaving the ISS on Sunday night (October 23) and performing an intentional deadly dive shortly thereafter.
One other Progress spacecraft stays on the ISS, nonetheless: Progress 81, which arrived in June.
Two manned automobiles are additionally docked on the orbiting laboratory in the intervening time. One is a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, which arrived in September. The opposite is SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Endurance capsule, which flies the corporate Crew-5 mission for NASA. Endurance launched atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on October 5 and reaches the ISS Someday later.
Editor’s word: This story was up to date at 8:40 p.m. EDT October 25 with information of a profitable liftoff.
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