Today the Russian supply spacecraft Pogress arrived at the ISS.
Today, July 5, 2015, at 10:11 MSK Progress M-28M (Progress 60 mission) docked with the Pirs docking compartment of the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS). Finally a supply mission has succeeded again after two failures. In April RosCosmos lost control of a Progress spacecraft and last month SpaceX lost a Dragon spacecraft because of an explosion.
The automatic docking operations of Progress M-28M were conducted under the supervision of the ISS commander Gennady Padalka, flight engineer Mikhail Kornienko and experts Mission Control Center on Earth.
The Progress M-28M spacecraft delivered to the ISS about 2,381 kg of cargo, including oxygen, fuel, equipment for scientific experiments and supplies equipment and containers with food and water, parcels for the crew.
The current ISS crew (Expedition 44) consists of six astronauts: Gennady Padalka (Russia), Mikhail Korniyenko (Russia), Scott Kelly (USA), Oleg Kononenko (Russia), Kimiya Yui (Japan) and Kjell N. Lindgren (USA). Commander Gennady Padalka has just set the record with longest stay in space with 804 days spread across five missions.
SpaceX is still trying to find out what went wrong with their last Dragon mission. The private space agency had a really good track record, now they face delays. This failure could also delay the American manned space mission project. Right now the United States is not able to launch astronauts into space. SpaceX and Boeing are in the running to get back this capability for NASA.