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Soyuz-2.1A rocket flown Progress MS-06 cargo to ISS

Tinuku ~ Russia's Soyuz-2.1A rocket to carry cargo has skyrocketed to the International Space Station. Russia sends unmanned cargo plane Progress MS-06 carrying supplies to space station from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:20 Moscow time, Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Tinuku Soyuz-2.1A rocket flown Progress MS-06 cargo to ISS

"The Soyuz-2.1A booster rocket with Progress MS-06 cargo aircraft was successfully launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 12:20 Moscow time (09.20 GMT)," said a statement from Russia's space agency Roscosmos.

Soyuz breaks away from Launch Pad No. 31 at Baikonur on a nearly nine-minute journey into orbit before deploying the Progress MS-06 spacecraft from the third stage.

Moments after breaking away from the rocket, Progress opened a solar panel and a navigation antenna to prepare a series of trigger shots to approach the space station on Friday.

Cargo aircraft carry 2.5 tonnes of essential supplies including fuel, water, compressed gas, and the equipment is scheduled to arrive at the ISS on Friday at 11:42 GMT. Progress was the last successful launch in February, after a similar plane crashed to Earth in December last year.

A commission appointed to investigate the damage in January concluded the incident was caused by the outbreak of the Soyuz third stage rocket engine, either because of a foreign object going into it or an assembly fault.

The latest logistics supply includes 3,069 lbs (1,392 kilograms) of dry cargo inside the ship's pressurized compartment, 1,940 pounds (880 kilograms) of fuel to refill station propulsion systems, 926 pounds (420 kilograms) of drinking water, and 104 pounds (47 kilograms) of high-pressure oxygen and air.


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