Progress Cargo Craft Launches on Two-Day Trip to Station

Progress 69 Launch
The Progress 69 resupply rocket lifts off in below freezing weather from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Carrying more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the International Space Station Expedition 54 crew, the Progress 69 cargo spacecraft launched at 3:13 a.m. EST (2:13 p.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

At the time of launch, the International Space Station was flying over the south Atlantic north of the Falkland Islands at an altitude of 252 miles. Less than 10 minutes after launch, the resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas as planned.

The Progress 69 cargo vehicle will dock automatically to the aft port of the Zvezda service module of the station at 5:43 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 15. Watch live coverage beginning at 5 a.m. on NASA Television and the agency’s website:

The new Progress spacecraft will remain at the orbiting laboratory until late August.

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4 thoughts on “Progress Cargo Craft Launches on Two-Day Trip to Station”

    1. Roscosmos provides NASA a detailed manifest with technical descriptions of the cargo its Progress vehicles ship to the International Space Station. However, Roscosmos chooses to publicize only the weight and general categories of items its resupply ships deliver to the station crew. The newest Progress 69 cargo craft is “carrying more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies.”

  1. Love it!! We get notifications of ISS fly over our house. Last time supplies were sent, saw it trailing the space station. It was so cool!!
    We love go watch!!

    1. Thank you so much Linda! Don’t forget… Thursday beginning at 5 a.m EST on NASA TV live coverage begins of the approach and docking of the Progress 69 cargo craft to the space station. Then Friday at 5:30 a.m. NASA TV will start its live coverage of a U.S. spacewalk.

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