Recently, a Russian cargo aircraft has takeoff from an air base located at Kazakhstan and the aircraft is headed to dock at the International Space Station. The purpose of the spacecraft is to deliver food, fuel, and supplies which weighs around 3.5 tons. The supplies are for the six astronauts aboard on the International Space Station.
According to NASA, the unmanned Russian Progress 72 will reach the International Space Stationat about 10:25 a.m. EDT. The Russian spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and it has said to achieve its initial orbit and positioned its navigational antennas and solar arrays. As per the NASA’s spokesperson Rob Navias, it was an impeccable launch which happened right on time. The space agency commenced the live coverage of the event on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. and has broadcasted the aircraft traveling our planet’s orbit two times afore docking at the International Space Station. The spacecraft will stay docked for almost three months. The Russian Progress 72 will leave the ISS in July and comes back to our planet’s atmosphere.
The spacecraft is on the way to finish its task of supplying the delivery in record timing. As per the reports, the Roscosmos space agency of Russia has only tried to deliver supplies to the International space station using the same kind of aircraft once before. Earlier, the Progress voyaged for two days before reaching its destination. According to Space.com, the shipment includes 926 pounds of water, 104 pounds of air and oxygen and 3,117 pounds of spare parts and other gear. The shipment also comprises of 3,375 pounds of propellant. The cargo also headed with the supplies for the scheduled spacewalk called the Expedition 59. This month the spacecraft will accomplish its first of three supply deliveries to the International Space Station.