Progress 76 launched on July 23, 2020. Image via Roscosmos/ TASS.
Progress 79 takes flight next week
On Wednesday, October 27, 2021, Russia’s uncrewed Progress 79 cargo spacecraft, formally known as Progress MS-18, will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The resupply vehicle will bring almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA hasn’t disclosed what rocket is launching Progress, but it’s likely to be a Soyuz. Live coverage of the launch will begin October 27 at 8 p.m. EDT (00:00 UTC or 5 a.m. October 28 Baikonur time) on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and its mobile app. Translate UTC to your time. The spacecraft will spend about two days in orbit around Earth before docking with the Zvezda service module on October 29. Watch here.
Roscosmos developed the Progress spacecraft to fill the need for a frequent inflow of essential payloads to make long-duration ISS missions possible. Previously, such loads were not practical to fit with passengers in the restricted space of a Soyuz. Next Wednesday’s launch will be the 170th flight of a Progress spacecraft. And, if all goes according to plan, Progress 79 will log many months in ...