A Russian-built Soyuz rocket has lifted its Progress cargo craft toward the International Space Station.
The Progress spacecraft will deliver 2450 kg of cargo — some 2.7 tons — to the ISS. The craft is packed with food, fuel and supplies, including 705 kg of propellant, 50 kg of oxygen and air, 420 kg of water. It’s expected to dock Feb. 24.
The launch follows a failed Soyuz-Progress cargo mission on Dec. 1. That’s when the spacecraft veered off course about six minutes after its successful launch from Kazakhstan.
A SpaceX Dragon cargo craft, launched Feb. 19 from Cape Canaveral in Florida, is expected to reach the ISS at at 3:25 a.m. on Feb. 23 and will be unloaded by crew of the orbiting space lab. That’s one day later than planned for the Dragon docking.
“The Dragon cargo spacecraft waved off its planned rendezvous with the International Space Station at 3:25 a.m. EST,” NASA said in a blog post Feb. 22. “Onboard computers triggered the abort after recognizing an incorrect value in data about the location of the space station. Per the re-rendezvous plan built into every mission, the spacecraft automatically reset for another rendezvous and docking attempt in 24 hours.”