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Star City, Russian Federation: Three astronauts set to travel to the worldwide Space Station this month said on Wednesday they had confidence in Russia’s space programme, despite a delay to their trip caused by the failed launch of a cargo craft. In the wake of a series of spacecraft losses, the successful execution of the Progress 60 mission will allow the space station’s crew and administrators to breath a little easier.
“The transport cargo ship Progress M-28M has docked with the…”
Russian Federation was forced to postpone all space travel while it investigated the failure of an unmanned spaceship taking cargo to the ISS in late April after it lost communications with Earth and burned up in the atmosphere.
“We are confident in the engineers, the professionalism of the Russian space programme, to identify the problems and to ensure that that problem does not exist with our spaceship”, Lindgren told reporters ahead of the astronauts’ departure scheduled for July 23. According to the Daily Times Gazette, the payload breakdown included 3,133 pounds of spare parts and supplies, 1,940 pounds of propellant, 926 pounds of water and 106 pounds of oxygen.
The trio will be joining Russia’s Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko, as well as Scott Kelly of NASA, who are continuing research and maintenance aboard the ISS.
After a list of recent mission failures, there was a lot of pressure on Russia’s Progress 60 mission.
In addition, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said in a tweet on Sunday that the investigation by SpaceX and the Federal Aviation Administration about the Falcon 9 explosion is expected to reach its preliminary conclusions by the end of this week. They will share the results with the FAA and “key customers” before posting them on their website.
Each year, Russian Federation sends three or four cargo capsules into orbit with supplies for the ISS, a project in which 16 countries are participating at an estimated cost of $100 billion.
Watch the Progress supply ship dock in the video below.