Russian supply ship on the way to ISS

Russian supply ship on the way to ISS

A Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket carrying the Progress MS-06 supply ship flawlessly blasted off from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Cosmodrome on Wednesday for a two-day rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS).

The unmanned space freighter lifted off from Site 31 at 5:20 a.m. EDT yesterday (3:20 p.m. local time) and was released into the preliminary orbit in less than 9 minutes after the launch.

Carrying nearly 3 tons of supplies and equipment, the freighter is expected to reach the ISS early Friday, with autonomous docking scheduled to take place at around 7:42 a.m. A Russian cargo ship loaded with 3 tons of supplies, equipment and propellant blasted

The long list of supplies includes medical kits, data files, towels, napkins, underwear sets and space coveralls. The freighter will be unloaded by ISS commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and American astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson.

This is the second Progress supply ship launched to the orbiting lab so far this year. SpaceX launched two Dragon supply ships in January and early June. An Orbital ATK Cygnus supply ship reached the ISS in April. Two more Dragon freighters are scheduled to be launched in August and November this year.