Russia successfully launches cargo ship toward ISS

Mindy Sparks
November 18, 2018

This cargo ship was to be launched to the ISS on October 30, however because of the accident rocket "Soyuz-FG" start "Progress" has been rescheduled for November 16.

On Friday evening, 16 November, the Russian carrier rocket "Soyuz-FG" with a cargo spacecraft "Progress MS-10" was launched to the global space station from the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Russia, the only country able to ferry astronauts to the space station, suspended all launches after a Soyuz rocket failed on October 11 just minutes after blast-off.

It is assumed that the failure of the rocket was caused by a sensor that was damaged during an assembly at the Soviet era-cosmodrome at Baikonur, according to Russian investigators.

This is the first Progress MS-10 launch by a Soyuz-FG carrier vehicle since the early 2000s when it was chose to use these carrier rockets to launch manned spacecraft. The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is now the only vehicle that can ferry crews to the space station.

And Russia has already marked a successful return to flight with its Soyuz rocket on October 25, launching a satellite for the Russian military.

That flight is to carry Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, and NASA's Anne McClain to the ISS.

The Progress ship is set to dock at the space station Sunday, delivering nearly three tons of food, fuel, water and other supplies to the crew - NASA's Serena Aunon-Chancellor, Russian Sergei Prokopyev and German Alexander Gerst.

"The spaceship separated from the third stage of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle routinely at 21:23 Moscow time", the spokesman said. "The takeoff of the Soyuz-FG rocket is set for 1814 GMT", Russian space agency Roscosmos said in a statement.

"We trust our rocket. But for us it's exactly the opposite because our friends came home, the systems worked and they worked exactly as they were designed".

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