July 29, 2013
Categories: ISS, Progress, Roscosmos, Russia

RIA Novosti – Russia’s Progress M-20M cargo spacecraft launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan earlier on Sunday successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), the Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said.

A Soyuz-U launch vehicle carrying the space freighter blasted off from Baikonur at 00:45 a.m. Moscow time [20:45 GMT on Saturday].

“The docking was carried out in automated regime as scheduled,” a Roscosmos spokesman said.

Progress M-20M delivers some 2.4 metric tons of fuel, food, oxygen, scientific and medical equipment to the orbital outpost, which currently hosts three Russian cosmonauts, two NASA and one Italian astronauts.

Progress M-20M returned to the “short” six-hour flight path to the ISS. Previously, the Progress M-19M cargo spacecraft, launched in April 2013, reached the orbital outpost two days after liftoff.

Before that, three space freighters – Progress M-16M, Progress M-17M and Progress M-18M – also delivered their cargo to the ISS in six hours.

With a record of more than 130 launches since 1972 and only one failure, Progress-family freighters remain the backbone of the Russian space cargo fleet. In addition to their main mission as cargo spacecraft, they are used to adjust the ISS’s orbit and conduct scientific experiments.

More from this category:
June 25, 2021

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the Progress MS-17 cargo spacecraft processing continues for the launch under the 78th re-supply mission to the International Space Station (ISS)….

full story
March 21, 2016

Russian Cargo vehicle Progress M-29M will undock from the ISS on March 29 and will be performing free-flight for about a week playing a part…

full story
August 28, 2013

Progress centre is developing new Soyuz-5 booster replacing the models used today, – TsSKB-Progress Director General Alexander Kirilin reported on MAKS 2013 International Airshow held…

full story
April 8, 2014

Roscosmos doesn’t elaborate any measures to give a response to NASA, – Roscosmos Head Deputy Denis Lykov stated. We do not see any ground for…

full story
August 13, 2013

A Japanese cargo freighter docked with the International Space Station on Friday, NASA said. Nicknamed Kounotori-2 (Japanese for “white stork”), the HTV-4 freighter docked with the station…

full story
February 18, 2014

Russian Security Council approved the decision to deliver NK-33 rocket engines to USA where it will be used for Antares rockets. The issue has been…

full story
October 27, 2014

Progress M-24M cargo vehicle undocked from the ISS and will be flying in space up to November 20. During the flight “Reflection” scientific experiment will…

full story
June 30, 2014

The last of five European unmanned cargo vehicles delivering cargos to the ISS will be launched on July 24, – Astro News reports with reference…

full story