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Soyuz rocket lifts off with ISS supplies

19 November 2018

A Russian Soyuz rocket has put a cargo ship en route to the International Space Station, clearing the way for the next crewed mission.

It lifted off at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan shortly after 18:00 UTC on Friday.

A Russian Soyuz rocket with a cargo vessel is to blast off Friday in the first launch to the International Space Station (ISS) since a manned accident last month.

The first manned mission to the ISS since the failure is due to take off at the beginning of December.

They mark the first cargo missions to ISS since a Soyuz rocket carrying three people bound for the space station failed on October 11 just minutes after blast-off ― the first such incident in the history of post-Soviet space travel.

And Russia has already marked a successful return to flight with its Soyuz rocket on October 25, launching a satellite for the Russian military.

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On December 3rd, Russian Federation plans to send 3 astronauts to the ISS in a Soyuz spacecraft.

The supplies will be greeted by the three astronauts now living and working aboard the orbiting laboratory: NASA astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev.

The Progress MS-10 ship will deliver to the ISS about 2.5 tons of various cargoes, including fuel, air, water, scientific equipment, and life support means for the crew, the statement said.

"The teams made a decision to wait another day for launch after assessing continuing unfavourable weather conditions, including high winds and high seas, forecast for Friday morning", said a statement from Northrop Grumman, which operates the Antares rocket.

Speaking at a news conference in Star City near Moscow, McClain said that occasional failures were inevitable, but that the mishap with the Soyuz-FG in October had demonstrated the reliability of its emergency safety mechanisms.

Soyuz rocket lifts off with ISS supplies