Editor’s Note: The successful launch of the Soyuz-FG booster — which malfunctioned in October — paves the way for a crew launch to the station on Dec. 3.
BAIKONUR, Kazahkstan (Roscosmos PR) — On November 16, 2018, at 21:14 Moscow time, from the Baikonur cosmodrome, the Soyuz-FG space launch vehicle was successfully launched under the International Space Station (ISS) program. The launch vehicle launched the Progress MS-10 transport cargo ship (TGK) into near-earth orbit.
After the separation of the spacecraft from the third stage of the carrier rocket, the TGK began to carry out the flight program for the ISS.
The convergence of the Progress MS-10 transport vehicle with the station and the approach to the docking module of the Zvezda module of the Russian ISS segment are planned to be carried out automatically under the control of the MCC specialists, as well as the Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev.
The Progress MS-10 ship will have to deliver to the International Space Station about 2.5 tons of various cargoes: more than 1.3 tons of dry cargo, 725 kg of fuel in the refueling system tanks, 420 kg of water in the Rodnik tanks, and 50 kg of compressed air and oxygen in cylinders. In the packing of the cargo compartment – the scientific equipment, components for the life support system, as well as containers with food, clothing, medicines and personal care products for crew members.
The automatic docking of the “truck” with the ISS will take place on November 18 at 22:30 Moscow time.