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Progress MS-17 space freighter to launch to the ISS

An uncrewed Russian Progress space freighter is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station (ISS) on Tuesday evening, June 29 at 23:27 UTC / Wednesday morning, June 30 at 04:27 QYZT (local time). The spacecraft, designated Progress MS-17 or Progress 78, will blast off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan atop a Russian Soyuz 2.1a three-stage, liquid-fueled, medium-lift launch vehicle.

After a two-day long journey through low Earth orbit, Progress MS-17 will rendezvous with the ISS on Friday, July 2 and will automatically dock to the space-facing docking port of the station’s Poisk module at 01:02 UTC. The space freighter will carry about three tons of cargo to the space station, including 470 kg / 1,036 lbs. of propellant, 420 l of water, 40 kg / 88 lbs. of oxygen and breathing air, as well as 1,509 kg / 3,327 lbs of crew supplies and food.

Roll out of Soyuz and Progress MS-17 to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 27. Image Credit: Roscosmos.
Roll out of Soyuz and Progress MS-17 to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome on June 27. Image Credit: Roscosmos.
Soyuz and Progress at Site 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Image Credit: Roscosmos.
Soyuz and Progress at Site 31 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. Image Credit: Roscosmos.

In October of this year, the freighter is scheduled to perform an automated undocking from the Poisk module and a relocation to the new Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) Nauka.

Progress MS-17 will stay at the orbital laboratory for almost five months until November 2021. After unpacking of all the cargo from the Progress, the astronauts and cosmonauts onboard the space station will start loading trash into the spacecraft. Progress MS-17, as well as its “new cargo” will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere during re-entry in November.

Wednesday’s Progress launch will be the this year’s fifth rocketlaunch from Baikonur, the sixth to the ISS (three from Baikonur, two from the Kennedy Space Center and one from Wallops Island) and the third resupply mission to the orbiting laboratory.


Sources

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-air-launch-docking-of-roscosmos-cargo-ship-to-space-station

http://www.roscosmos.ru/31623/

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