A robotic Progress cargo ship docked on the International Space Station early Monday (Dec. 9), simply in the future, after the arrival of a U.S. Dragon provide ship constructed by SpaceX.
The Russian-constructed Progress 74 spacecraft linked up with the space station’s Pirs docking compartment at 5:35 a.m. EST (1035 GMT) to deliver 2.7 tons of contemporary provides for the outpost’s six-individual Expedition 61 crew. The two spacecraft had been cruising 260 miles (418 kilometers) above the Yellow Sea, east of Shanghai, after they docked, NASA officers stated.
Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka, each of Roscosmos, watched over Progress 74’s flawless automated docking right this moment. The cargo ship launched toward the station Friday (Dec. 6) on a Soyuz rocket that lifted off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Progress 74 is the second spacecraft to reach on the area station in as many days.
Yesterday, an uncrewed SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrived at the station to ship greater than 2.5 tons of providers and science gear to the station. That mission launched on Thursday (Dec. 5) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
A 3rd cargo ship, a U.S. Cygnus spacecraft constructed by Northrop Grumman, can also be docked on the space station (it arrived in early November), in addition to two totally different Soyuz crew capsules for the six Expedition 61 crew members to make use of once they go away the International Space Station for the return to Earth.
Progress 74 will stay docked to the space station till July 2020, when it is going to be packed filled with trash and unneeded gadgets and deliberately commanded to fritter away in Earth’s ambiance.