MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Manufactured by the S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Progress MS-01 is the first vehicle in Russia's modernized Progress-MS series and is designed to carry out resupply missions to the ISS. The spacecraft was docked to the ISS in December 2015.
Previously, the ISS was resupplied with Progress-M series vehicles, the last of which was submerged in April, 2016.
Unpiloted cargo craft successfully redocks after manual rendezvous test Friday. Spaceship departs for good Saturday. https://t.co/F86g6oA1wg— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) 2 July 2016
"Progress MS has been undocked from the ISS as scheduled. Its engines will switch to slowdown mode at 10:03 AM Moscow time [07:03 GMT]. The splashdown of unburned fragments of the cargo spacecraft is scheduled for 10:50 AM Moscow time in a non-navigational area of the Pacific ocean, several thousand kilometers from New Zealand's capital Wellington," the representative told RIA Novosti.
Russian ground controllers monitor cargo ship systems as cosmonauts slowly guide it back toward docking port. https://t.co/tMifQgt9GK— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) 1 July 2016
On April 2, Progress MS-02, the second modernized Progress MS cargo vessel, automatically docked with the ISS. Progress MS-02 was launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan aboard the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket on March 31.