Russia’s Cargo Craft Blasts Off to Station for Sunday Delivery

Carrying virtually three tons of meals, gasoline and provides for the Worldwide Area Station crew, the unpiloted Russian Progress 71 cargo spacecraft launched at 1:14 p.m. EST (12:14 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Baikonur) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

On the time of launch, the Worldwide Area Station was flying about 252 statute miles over southern Kazakhstan.

The resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its photo voltaic arrays and navigational antennas as deliberate.

The Russian cargo craft will make 34 orbits of Earth earlier than docking to the orbiting laboratory at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. NASA Tv protection of rendezvous and docking will start at 1:45 p.m.

Progress 71 will stay docked on the station for greater than 4 months earlier than departing in March for its deorbit in Earth’s ambiance.

Crew aboard the house station are scheduled to obtain two cargo resupply missions within the coming days.

Tomorrow, launch of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket with Cygnus cargo spacecraft sure for the Worldwide Area Station is focused for four:01 a.m. from Pad 0A of Virginia Area’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, situated at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Jap Shore. NASA TV will present launch broadcast protection on-line starting at three:30 a.m. A Cygnus launch Saturday would lead to seize and berthing on Monday, Nov. 19.

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