How a robo-spacecraft resupplies the International Space Station

Russia’s automated Progress spacecraft plays a pivotal role in delivering supplies and equipment to the ISS

    2017/07/05

NSFW    SPACE — An automated Russian supply spacecraft was successfully launched into near-Earth orbit mid-June, it’s mission: re-supply the International Space Station.

The spacecraft was loaded onto a Soyuz rocket that is launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

After detaching from the rocket, the spacecraft continues on an automated 2-day route toward the International Space Station, reported Russian news agency TASS. Progress then docks with the ISS, where it will deliver food and scientific equipment.

It’s expected to remain docked with the ISS until December this year and then it’ll be de-orbited and sank somewhere in the Pacific, reported TASS.
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