To International Space Station, Russia dispatches new ‘Progress’ cargo ship

Another Russian Progress cargo ship dispatched into orbit Sunday night (Feb. 14) to convey freight to the seven group individuals on the International Space Station.

Russia’s space agency Roscosmos dispatched the Progress MS-16 load transport, additionally called Progress 77, on a Soyuz rocket from Site 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:45 p.m. EST (0445 GMT on Feb. 15, 10:45:06 a.m. Baikonur time). It will show up at the station on Tuesday.

Progress 77 is conveying approximately 5,424 lbs. (2,460 kg) of payload and supplies for the team at present ready the station. That incorporates 3,086 lbs.(1,400 kg) of examination and team supplies (like food and dressing), alongside a stock of new water, nitrogen gas and force for the station’s Zvezda administration module propulsion system.

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Tucked inside the payload fairing of its Soyuz 2.1a launcher, the Progress MS-16 shuttle moved to the platform on Friday (Feb. 12), in front of its arranged Sunday dispatch. This way ground groups could complete their last flight preparations.

The Soyuz is a 152-foot-tall (46-meters) three-stage dispatch vehicle. It was required to head on a northeasterly direction after dispatch, casting off its four lash on sponsors roughly two minutes after takeoff. The rocket’s subsequent stage, (likewise called the center stage) is fueled by one RD-108A motor intended to keep terminating for around three additional prior minutes giving control over to the rocket’s third stage — a RD-0110 motor.

When the rocket arrived at a specific height, the fairings fell away to uncover the Progress MS-16 space apparatus, what isolated from the sponsor’s upper stage nine minutes into the trip to advance toward the space station.

After division, the Progress rocket ought to spread out its sun oriented clusters and route recieving wires. It will at that point adjust itself to the space station and get ready for docking with the Russian-constructed Pirs module Tuesday (Feb. 16) at 1:20 a.m. EST (0620 GMT).

The Pirs module is a docking port on the Zvezda administration module that serves as a sealed area for station crewmembers to utilize when leading Russian-drove spacewalks. Pirs is booked to be eliminated when the Progress 77 space apparatus closes its main goal in July.

In its place, Roscosmos will raise a hotly anticipated new expansion: the Nauka lab. This will check the biggest expansion to the Russian portion of the space station since the Zvezda module was introduced in 2000. (There is another, comparative port to Pirs, called Poisk, that will stay on station.)

The Progress shuttle is an uncrewed vessel that looks fundamentally the same as its group hauling partner, the Soyuz space apparatus, which is utilized to ship space travelers to and from the space station. The fundamental distinction is that Progress is utilized to fly load and is likewise intended to wreck as it reenters Earth’s air, while Soyuz will land back ashore.

Since Progress vehicles are dispensable, they’re normally stacked with rubbish and different things to be disposed of prior to setting off on a course to wreck in the Earth’s air, regularly over a far off area of the Pacific Ocean.

Progress 77 is the first of two arranged freight conveyances to the space station inside seven days. On Saturday (Feb. 20), a U.S.- assembled Cygnus space apparatus is scheduled to dispatch from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on its own two-road trip to the space station.