Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

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Russia's Progress 57 re-supply capsule departed the International Space Station's Russian segment early Saturday, opening a docking port for the arrival of a successor just days away from lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The trash filled Progress 57 freighter departed the Pirs module at 2:41 a.m., EDT. It arrived on Oct. 29, 2014 with 5,800 pounds of propellant and other supplies for the six person crew.

Progress 59, which will carry a similar three ton cargo, is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the orbiting science laboratory and an automated docking.

Progress 57, filled with space station trash, is scheduled to make a destructive re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on Sunday.

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on Apr 28, 2015

Now that we know all know the Progress 57 resupply mission is in serious trouble with Russia's problem revealed on Tuesday morning does anybody know if this poses a real problem for the ISS or have mission planners accounted for a small number of such events? This is the second resupply failure I personally know of in recent times.

Can they get by without it, and for how long? Let's say there are two such unlikely events in a row with Progress Vehicles, can American Dragon 1 vehicles provide suppplies like water and other supplies in a timely fashion? Does anybody out there really know just how serious a problem this is for ISS, or is it only a prestige problem for Russia? If the Russian's can figure out a work around I will have renewed respect for them, but I don't think there is any way for them to safely redeem this Progress mission. For all the rocket scientists out there are any solutions available to them? It looks to me like the Progress was tumbling at possibly one revolution per a very few seconds. Or was that an artifact of the video clip being recycled?

on Apr 28, 2015

It seems, from my study, that the ISS has sufficient supplies on board already to extend to August, this year (of course), This assumes a successful supply flight in July, 2015. But full details have yet to be provided at this time.

on May 19, 2015

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