Last Moment Abort for Launch of Russia's Progress MS-07 Cargo Spacecraft

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

The launch of a Soyuz rocket with a Progress refueling and resupply freighter was aborted seconds after liftoff Thursday in a rare scrub for Russia's workhorse rocket, delaying the start of a journey to the International Space Station until at least Saturday and thwarting plans to test out a new automated fast-track rendezvous sequence.

A statement from the Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, simply said that "the launch of the space mission vehicle as part of the carrier rocket Soyuz-2.1A and transport cargo vehicle Progress MS-07 has been moved to reserve date of October 14, 2017".

The Progress MS-07/68P Russian cargo craft was filled with almost three tons of food, supplies and fuel for the astronauts on the ISS and ready for a launch with the Soyuz rocket Thursday.

Launch had been scheduled for 5:32 am EDT, but was aborted "in the last minute" of an otherwise trouble-free countdown according to NASA's Rob Navias who was anchoring NASA TV's coverage of the launch: "The engine ignition never occurred on the Soyuz booster". Roscosmos technicians in Baikonur are analyzing the cause of the scrubbed launch. The next opportunity for launch is Saturday morning at 4:46 am EDT. Following a 34-orbit, two-day trip, Progress 68 would arrive at the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station for docking on Monday, Oct. 16.

It was planned that on Thursday Progress MS-07 will make its first flight to the ISS on a three-hour trip (two passes along the Earth's orbit).

Progress MS-07 will be delivering some 2.7 metric tons of food and supplies to the space station's Expedition 53 crew.

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