Russian Robot Cargo Supply Ship Headed For The ISS

Posted: Jul 18 2016, 4:48am CDT | by , Updated: Jul 18 2016, 10:53pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
Russian Robot Cargo Supply Ship Headed for the ISS
The Progress 64 cargo craft launches on a two-day trip to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV

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A Russian robot supply ship is headed for the ISS. It was launched two days ago and will reach the ISS today.

The Russian cargo ship which got launched on July 16th was unmanned. Its destination is the ISS. Over three tons of food, paraphernalia and fuel are on board the supply ship.

It took a piggyback ride atop a Soyuz rocket from Kazakhstan. It will reach the ISS today towards the night time. All this can be seen thanks to a NASA webcast.

Termed the Progress 64 supply ship, this project will see to it that two cargo supplies are launched to the ISS over the coming weekend. SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will also make its way to the ISS today, according to Space.com.

It will launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida. Russia’s Progress supply ships are welcomed by the astronauts aboard the ISS. They contain several useful and interesting things. Especially, the availability of fresh fruits among the odds and ends are something that the astronauts look forward to with pleasure and satisfaction.

Due to the fact that the ISS does not have a fridge, the items must have a shelf life. Such goods as tortillas and other eatables which could be rehydrated are a necessity.

There are freeze-dried foods on board the resupply ships. Coffee is also among the beverages that are transported to the ISS. Also toilet equipment, filters and some spare parts needed to repair various items are there.

The Progress supply ship remains stationed at the ISS for up to six months and then leaves with three tons of trash that needs to be disposed of. The spacecraft burns up as it enters the atmosphere of earth. With over 140 such flights having been made by this spacecraft in the past 30 odd years, it has been a phenomenal success story.

There have only been two instances where the spacecraft failed in its mission. Progress is a small-scale setup for transporting various things to the ISS. The other two companies that deal in this business of exporting earthly products into outer space are SpaceX and Orbital ATK.

Also the Japanese H-2 Tranfer Vehicles count among the mix. Finally, the ESA has chipped in its contribution in this process of space supply journeys to the ISS.

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