Russian cargo spacecraft arrived at the village International Space Station early Thursday morning (Feb. 17), delivering nearly 3 tons of materials and equipment to the orbital laboratory.
The Progress Cargo Court 80 docked to the Search Station station at 2:03 a.m. EST (7:03 a.m. GMT), completing an approximately two-day orbital chase.
Progress 80 launched on top of Russia’s Soyuz missile. from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan late Monday (February 14th) and flew around the Earth 34 times before catching up with a 270-mile (434-kilometer) space station over the South Pacific.
Progress 80 has packed 5,667 pounds (2,570 kilograms) of cargo, NASA officials said during a webcast of the cargo ship’s arrival. The spacecraft delivered 948 pounds (430 kg) of fuel, 89 pounds (40 kg) of nitrogen, 926 pounds (420 kg) of water and 3704 pounds (1680 kg) of spare parts and other materials.
Progress is one of several robotic spacecraft currently delivering food, water, fuel and scientific equipment to the station and its astronaut crews. The others are Cygnus Nortop Grumman, which will launch to the orbital laboratory with its own mission this Saturday (February 19), and SpaceX. Dragon capsule.
Only Dragon can be used repeatedly; Progress and Cygnus are designed to burn Earth’s atmosphere when their orbital work is done.
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https://www.space.com/russian-progress-80-spacecraft-arrives-international-space-station Russian Progress cargo plane delivers 2.8 tons of cargo to International Space Station