Progress provides cargo docks with the space station – Spaceflight Now

Russia’s Progress MS-19 spacecraft is approaching the International Space Station on Thursday. Author: Roscosmos

Two days after launch from Kazakhstan, Russia’s Progress cargo ship docked to the International Space Station on autopilot on Thursday with fresh supplies of food, crew supplies, experiments and CubeSats to be released outside the complex during future spacewalk.

The spacecraft “Progress MS-19” docked with the module “Search” of the space station on Thursday at 2:03 am EST (07:03 GMT). The final approach took place on autopilot, the on-board computer of the spacecraft “Progress” received navigation data from the radar of the meeting “Course”.

The docking occurred when the space station rose 270 miles (434 kilometers) over the South Pacific.

Astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Peter Dubrov planned to open the hatches leading to the spacecraft “Progress” and start unpacking the cargo inside. It is planned that the spacecraft “Progress MS-19” will remain at the station until next February, staying about 370 days.

The mission launched Monday at 11:25 p.m. EST (4:25 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Soyuz rocket on liquid fuel launched the Progress MS-19 cargo spacecraft into orbit, then Progress used its own engines to maneuver toward the space station.

Arrival at the station “Progress MS-19” was the first docking at the orbital outpost this year. The Progress mission is the first of two unmanned cargo ships to head to the International Space Station in a week.

Teams NASA and Northrop Grumman in Virginia are preparing for the launch on Saturday of the cargo ship Cygnus on a commercial rocket Antares. Earlier this week, teams launched a rocket to a launch pad on Wallops Island, Virginia.

If this launch takes place in time, the Cygnus spacecraft is due to arrive at the station on Monday, February 21st.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos reported that the Progress MS-19 spacecraft delivered about 5,562 pounds (2,523 kilograms) of materials to the station.

Russian ground crews have loaded 3,598 pounds (1,632 kilograms) of dry cargo into the airtight compartment of the Progress cargo ship, Roscosmos reports. The space agency said the mission has 950 pounds (431 kilograms) of fuel to refuel the Zvezda station engine, 926 pounds (420 kilograms) of fresh drinking water and 88 pounds (40 kilograms) of compressed gas to replenish the space station’s reserves. air breathing.

The equipment that the Progress mission delivered to the space station included six Russian CubeSat student spacecraft, which will be deployed outside the outpost by Russian astronauts during spacewalks later this year. Six YuZGU CubeSats – each the size of a shoebox – come from Southwestern State University in Kursk, Russia.

The Progress MS-19 supply ship also supplied kits for an experiment to study how long spaceflight affects astronauts ’work, and cargo for research studies investigating the effects of bacteria on spacecraft designs.

The Progress MS-19 mission also has items for plant experiments and microbiology, as well as equipment to support investigations related to the production of pharmaceuticals under microgravity.

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