MOSCOW – An unmanned Russian cargo ship has docked successfully at the International Space Station, where it was anxiously awaited by the U.S.-Russian crew after the failures of two previous supply missions.
The Progress M-28M ship, which carried 2.5 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies, was launched into orbit on Friday from the Baikonur launchpad in Kazakhstan. Russian Mission Control said it docked successfully Sunday in the automated mode at the orbiting space station.
The previous Progress launch in April ended in failure and a week ago, a U.S. supply mission failed when SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket broke apart after liftoff.
The mishaps were preceded by last October's launchpad failure of Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket, also carrying cargo for NASA. A Japanese resupply capsule is set for launch in August. Another commercial resupply capsule from Orbital ATK will be launched later this year.