Progress MS-07 Cargo Spacecraft Launch Delayed Until Oct 14 - Mission Control

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

Russia's Mission Control says the launch of an unmanned Russian cargo ship to the International Space Station has been postponed. The next opportunity for launch is Saturday morning at 4:46 am EDT. Roscosmos gave no additional information about the reason for the aborted launch.

The Progress MS-07/68P Russian cargo craft was filled with almost three tons of food, supplies and fuel for the astronauts on the ISS and ready for a launch with the Soyuz rocket Thursday.

It was planned that on Thursday Progress MS-07 will make its first flight to the ISS on a three-hour trip (two passes along the Earth's orbit). Now with a launch scheduled for Saturday, the cargo ship will have to do 34 orbits around the Earth to reach the ISS increasing the duration of the trip to almost two days, according to CBS. What trajectory is used to reach ISS depends in large part on celestial mechanics and the relative positions of the ISS and the launch site (in this case the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan). It is filled with 2.5 metric tons of fuel, water, compressed gases and equipment.

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