Russian Progress cargo ship launched to space station

A Russian Progress cargo ship has been launched on Tuesday to deliver three tons of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2015, 17:48 PM IST
Russian Progress cargo ship launched to space station

Kazakhstan: A Russian Progress cargo ship has been launched on Tuesday to deliver three tons of supplies to the International Space Station (ISS).

According to NASA, Progress M-26M (58P) was launched into orbit atop a Soyuz-U launch vehicle at 6:00:17 am EST (1100:17 GMT) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, ahead of docking to the aft port of Zvezda six hours later.

Progress will deliver an estimated 2370kg of food, fuel and supplies to the space station, which is part of the vital run of supplies required by the ISS.

The previous Progress was lofted on a Soyuz 2-1A for the first time.

The Soyuz-U was developed as a standardized launch system, to replace the Voskhod and Soyuz and provide commonality with the Molniya-M, added NASA.

Tuesday's launch marks the 58th flight of a Russian Progress supply ship to the space station since 2000.