An unmanned Russian cargo ship launched efficiently Monday with a load of provides for the Worldwide Area Station (ISS).
The Progress MS-16 cargo ship blasted off as scheduled at 9:45am native time (9:15am IST) from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan and reached a delegated orbit en path to the station.
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It’s carrying water, propellant, and different provides and is ready to dock on the area outpost Wednesday.
The area outpost is operated by NASA’s Kate Rubins, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker, Japan Aerospace Exploration Company astronaut Soichi Noguchi and Russian Area Company Roscosmos’ Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov.
In November final yr, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule, dubbed Resilience by its crew of three People and one Japanese astronaut, docked with the ISS 27 hours after launching atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, US. The area station might be their dwelling for the subsequent six months. After that, one other set of astronauts on a Crew Dragon capsule will change them. That rotation will proceed till Boeing joins the programme with its personal spacecraft late subsequent yr.
The Resilience crew consists of Crew Dragon commander Mike Hopkins and two fellow NASA astronauts: mission pilot Victor Glover and physicist Shannon Walker. They’re joined by Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi, making his third journey to area after beforehand flying on the US shuttle in 2005 and Soyuz in 2009.
One other US astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are aboard the area station from a earlier mission.
“Welcome to the ISS. We will not wait to have you ever onboard,” mentioned Kate Rubins, a US astronaut already on the area station.
Earlier than receiving its flight certification from NASA final week, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon had been beneath improvement for roughly a decade beneath a public-private NASA programme began in 2011 to revive the company’s human spaceflight functionality.
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