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Russia Sends Supply Rocket to Space Station

© NASAAn unpiloted Progress resupply vehicle approaches the International Space Station (Archive)
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An unmanned Russian space freighter carrying almost 2 1/2 tons of supplies to the International Space Station lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan Tuesday, a Mission Control spokesman said.

MOSCOW, November 26 (RIA Novosti) – An unmanned Russian space freighter carrying almost 2 1/2 tons of supplies to the International Space Station lifted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan Tuesday, a Mission Control spokesman said.

The Progress M-21M spacecraft, loaded with food, fuel, experiment hardware and other supplies for the space station’s six Expedition 38 crew members, is expected to dock with the space station’s Russian-made Zvezda module four days after liftoff.

The cargo ship will conduct flybys of the station to test a lighter and more efficient automated docking system, known as Kurs-NA, for upgraded Soyuz and Progress vehicles.

“The tests of the new equipment will be conducted on the night of November 27-28,” the spokesman said.

Previous testing of the system’s predecessor, Kurs-A, ended in failure in April when the antenna did not deploy correctly.

 

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