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Russian robotic cargo ship supplies tons of equipment to the space station


Russian robotic cargo ship supplies tons of equipment to the space station

The Russian cargo ship Progress 71 is approaching the International Space Station on November 18, 2018 in this display from a video camera at the station. The robotic supply ship delivered 2.8 tons of supplies to the station.

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A Russian-Russian cargo ship is connected to the International Space Station on Sunday (November 18) to supply nearly 3 tons of equipment to the lab surrounding the circuit.

The supply ship, known as Progress 71, docked at the space station at 2:28. EST (1928 GMT) as two space ships 252 km (405 km) on Aljazeera. Progress 71 was launched into orbit Friday (November 16) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

"A Learning Journey for Progress," NASA spokesman Rob Navias said during a live commentary. [The Space Station’s Robotic Cargo Ship Fleet in Pictures]

The Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokobiev, Flight Engineer No. 57 at the station, watched Progress 71 cautiously, ready to take remote control if necessary. But the cargo ship performed flawlessly, parked itself at the rear end of the utility module Zovzda of the station.

Progress 71 delivered 5,654 pounds (2,564 kg) of food, fuel and other supplies for Team 57's crew mission. This haul includes: 2,866 pounds (1,300 kg) of dry cargo such as food and experimental equipment; 1,653 pounds (750 kg) of fuel; 970 pounds (440 kg) of water; 122.2 kg (55 kg) of oxygen; And 53 pounds (24 pounds) of air.

The launch of Progress 71, which took off on the Soyuz FG amplifier, sets the stage for the first launch of a new crew since the October 11 failure of a similar rocket that forced flight and emergency landing for American astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexey Obcin. The two men were unharmed, and Russia's Space Agency, Roskosmos, monitored the failure of a faulty sensor on one of the rocket boosters.

With the successful launch of Progress 71, Roscosmos officials are now confident that Soyuz FG's are ready to carry human teams again. The next flight, which will take place on December 3, will bring three new staff members to the station: American Ann McClane, Rossi Oleg Kononenko and Canadian David San Zuk. The trio join three others still on board (Alexander Alexander Gerst, American Serena Owen, Chancellor and Prokopyev).

The advance of the 71 comes one day before another cargo ship, an unguarded Siganus spacecraft, arriving early on Monday (19 November) to provide about 7,400 pounds (3,357 kg) of supplies. The Northrop Grumman Antares launched the " (17 November) from a pillow in the flight facility of Wells on the island of Wolfs, Virginia.

You can see Cygnus getting to the station live here, courtesy of NASA's television.NASA's webcast will begin at 4am (GMT) 09:00 (GMT), with astronauts expected to capture The Cygnus at 5:20 am (Israel time).

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