MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first modernized Progress MS cargo vessel has been launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station, a Roscosmos spokesman said Monday.
Initially, the launch of the spaceship was scheduled for November 21, but the experts insisted on conducting additional checks.
“The launch was performed at the scheduled time. The separation from the third stage of the Soyuz [carrier rocket] from the cargo vessel is expected at 11:55 Moscow time [08:55 GMT],” the spokesman told RIA Novosti.
The Progress MS will deliver around 2.5 metric tons of goods to the ISS, including fuel, water and compressed oxygen.
On Saturday, Russian Progress M-28M cargo spacecraft, launched in July, undocked from the ISS after delivering supplies and was drowned in the so-called spacecraft cemetery in the Pacific Ocean. The spacecraft brought over 2.5 tons of cargo, including fuel, air, food and scientific equipment for the ISS crew.