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Russia to launch a cargo mission to the space station early Friday morning

Russia will launch a robotic cargo mission to the International Space Station early Friday morning (June 3), and you can watch the action live.

The uncrewed Progress 81 freighter is booked to take off on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Friday at 5:32 a.m. EDT (0932 GMT). Watch it live here at, civility of NASA, or straightforwardly by means of the space organization; coverage will start at 5:15 a.m. EDT (0915 GMT).

Progress 81 is conveying around three tons of food, fuel and equipment up to the International Space Station (ISS). Furthermore, those supplies will be delivered rapidly, assuming all works out as expected: The freighter will make up for lost time to the ISS subsequent to finishing only two orbits of Earth, docking with the orbiting lab at 9:02 a.m. EDT (1302 GMT) on Friday, assuming all works out as expected.

You can watch rendezvous and docking live, as well; coverage of those activities will start at 8:15 a.m. EDT (1215 GMT).

A significant number of Russia’s space partnerships have fallen apart following the country’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Soyuz rockets never again launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, for example, and Russia quit offering Russian-made rocket engines to American organizations. Be that as it may, Russia stays an integral part of the ISS program, as the Progress 81 launch shows.

Progress 81 will be continued in somewhat short progression by another cargo flight — SpaceX’s robotic CRS-25 mission, which is planned to launch next Friday (June 10). Furthermore, the ISS was recently visited by another uncrewed spacecraft too — Boeing’s Starliner case, which directed a vital test flight to the orbiting lab from May 19 to May 25.

That May mission, called Orbital Test Flight 2 (OFT-2), was likely the last large obstacle that Boeing needed to clear before NASA affirms Starliner to carry astronauts. The capsule’s first crewed flight could precede the year’s end, gave examination of OFT-2 information turns up nothing troubling, Boeing and NASA authorities have said.

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