Russia's Cargo Craft Blasts Off to Station for Sunday Delivery
by Mark Garcia for ISS News
Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Nov 17, 2018
Carrying almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the International Space 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.
At the time of launch, the International Space Station was flying about 252 statute miles over southern Kazakhstan.
The resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas as planned.
The Russian cargo craft will make 34 orbits of Earth before docking to the orbiting laboratory at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. NASA Television coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 1:45 p.m.
Progress 71 will remain docked at the station for more than four months before departing in March for its deorbit in Earth's atmosphere.
Crew aboard the space station are scheduled to receive two cargo resupply missions in the coming days.
Tomorrow, launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket with Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station is targeted for 4:01 a.m. from Pad 0A of Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. NASA TV will provide launch broadcast coverage online beginning at 3:30 a.m. A Cygnus launch Saturday would result in capture and berthing on Monday, Nov. 19.
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