16 Oct 2017 14:29

Progress resupply ship docks with ISS 2 days after launch

KOROLYOV, Moscow region. Oct 16 (Interfax) - The Progress MS-07 resupply ship, which took off from Baikonur on a second attempt, has reached the International Space Station (ISS), an Interfax correspondent reported from the Mission Control Center in Korolyov, Moscow region.

The Progress, controlled by specialists of the Mission Control Center group overseeing the Russian segment of the ISS and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Ryazansky and Alexander Misurkin, automatically latched on to the docking node of the Zvezda service module.

Progress MS-07 delivered more than 2 tonnes of cargo, including fuel, air, equipment needed to maintain the station's serviceability, and packages and essentials for the crewmembers. The ISS has two Russian crewmembers at the moment: Ryazansky, whose mission began on July 28, and Misurkin, who left Earth on September 12. The cargo delivered by Progress MS-07 will support their flight.

There will be one more manned launch from Baikonur before the end of this year. The Soyuz MS-07 spaceship will lift off on December 17 to bring Anton Shkaplerov of Russia, Scott Tingle of the United States, and Norishige Kanai of Japan into orbit.