Russia Launched Cargo Ship to International Space Station

Russia has launched a new progress cargo ship into orbit in February 14, 2021. The cargo ship was launched in order to deliver the cargo to the seven crew members in the International Space Station (ISS).

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  • The space agency of Russia, Roscosmos, launched the Progress MS-16 cargo ship. It is also called Progress 77.
  • The cargo ship was launched using the Soyuz rocket from Site 31 of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • The cargo ship will arrive the ISS on February 15, 2021.
  • The progress 77 was launched and is carrying approximately 2,460 kg of cargo and supplies.
  • It includes 1,400 kg of research and crew supplies such as food and clothing.
  • It also carries a supply of fresh water, nitrogen gas and propellant for the Zvezda service module propulsion system of the ISS.

Soyuz Rocket

It is a 152-foot-tall or 46-meters launch vehicle comprising of the three-stages. The rocket will head on a north-easterly trajectory to reach the ISS. The second stage of the rocket which is also called the core stage has been is powered by one RD-108A engine. The second stage is designed in a way that it continues firing for approximately three more minutes before shifting to the third stage of the rocket called the RD-0110 engine.

International Space Station (ISS)

It is a modular space station or a habitable artificial satellite. It has been installed in low Earth orbit. It is a multinational collaborative project that involves the participation of five space agencies namely, NASA from United States, Roscosmos from Russia, JAXA from Japan, ESA from Europe, and CSA from Canada. Intergovernmental treaties and agreements are signed between the countries in order to establish the ownership and uses policies. The station is divided into two parts. The first part is the Russian Orbital Segment (ROS) which is operated by Russia and the second part of United States Orbital Segment (USOS) which is run by the United States in association with other nations.

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