Russian cargo spacecraft 'Progress 69' launch aborted due to unknown glitch

Updated On : 2018-02-11 20:45:57
Russian cargo spacecraft 'Progress 69' launch to space station aborted due to unknown glitch ([Photo Source: NASA Twitter)
Russian cargo spacecraft 'Progress 69' launch to space station aborted due to unknown glitch ([Photo Source: NASA Twitter)
New Delhi:

It was another major setback for space stations across the world as Russia has scrubbed the planned launch of Progress cargo spacecraft from Kazakhstan, according to American space agency NASA.

The launch was scheduled to take place from the Baikonur Cosmo drome in Kazakhstan at 2.58 pm local time and aimed to deliver tons of supplies to the International Space Station.

"The launch of Russia's Progress 69 resupply ship to the space station today has been aborted," NASA tweeted on Sunday for updates from the ISS.

All the necessary steps have been taken to launch the Progress 69 from the Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan and the reason behind the failure is yet to be founded.

However, a new launch date is currently under review and will be announced anytime soon.

"A backup launch date is under review," NASA scientists wrote in a blog post.

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The Progress 69 was expected to carry three tons of food, fuel and supplies through a new fast route to the station, docking 3.5 hours after launch after just two Earth orbits.

Currently, two Russians, two Americans and one Japanese astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

First Published : Sunday, February 11, 2018 08:04 PM
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