Loaded with three tons of food, fuel and supplies, a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch at 3:58 a.m. EST (2:58 p.m. Baikonur time) Sunday, Feb. 11, to resupply the International Space Station.
The launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and docking to the space station will be carried live on NASA Television the agency’s website beginning at 3:30 a.m.
NASA TV coverage will resume at 6:30 a.m., when the Progress 69 cargo vehicle, planned for a fast-track to the world’s only orbital laboratory, will dock at 7:24 a.m. The three-and-a-half hour trip will demonstrate an expedited capability for potential use on future Russian cargo and crew launches to the complex.
If any technical issues are identified by Russian flight controllers in the early stage of the flight, the spacecraft will be capable of defaulting to a standard two-day rendezvous profile. The new Progress spacecraft will remain at the international outpost until late August.
Update: 11.02.2018 / 10.30 MEZ
The planned launch of the Progress 69 cargo spacecraft at 3:58 a.m. EST (2:58 p.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan has been scrubbed. A backup launch date is under review.
Progress MS-08 launch rescheduled for February 13
Launch of Soyuz-2.1a carrier with Progress MS-08 cargo ship was rescheduled for a reserve date of February 13, press service of the space authority, Roskosmos said on Sunday.
"During the start, came an order for automatic tuning off the engines, the reasons are to be advised," the authority said. "The launch is rescheduled for a reserve date - February 13".
Later a source at the space sector told TASS that a glitch of onboard and ground parts of the computer system of the ship was to blame for the reschedule. "A glitch of onboard and ground parts of the central system is similar to the problem during October launch of Progress MS-07," the source said.
Earlier, a source told TASS the flight would be organized on a two-rotation scheme (two rotations around the Earth), though the final decision is due after the first rotation - in an hour and a half from the blastoff.
Update: 13.02.2018 / 8.30 MEZ
LIVE, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2:45 a.m. EST: Progress 69 cargo craft launch. Loaded with three tons of food, fuel and supplies, a Russian Progress cargo spacecraft is scheduled to launch at 3:13 a.m. EST (2:13 p.m. Baikonur time) to resupply the International Space Station. The previous launch attempt on Feb. 11 was automatically aborted shortly before liftoff.
LIVE-Launch-Frams / 10.00 MEZ