February 15 According to the website of the Russian National Space Corporation on the 15th, Russia successfully launched the “Progress MS-16” cargo spacecraft on that day to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.
Sources said that the Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket carrying the “Progress MS-16” cargo spacecraft was launched from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan on that day.
After 8 minutes and 48 seconds, the cargo spacecraft separated from the third stage of the launch vehicle and entered orbit.
Sources said that the spacecraft will fly for two days and is expected to dock with the multi-function docking module of the International Space Station “Pier” at 9:20 Moscow time on the 17th.
Sources say that the spacecraft carries 2.5 tons of cargo, including fuel, experimental equipment, clothing, water and food, as well as materials to repair the leaking part of the Russian Star service module of the International Space Station.
According to Tass, the spacecraft was originally scheduled to be launched in December last year, but it was postponed in February this year due to the need for additional inspection.
The delay in launching the spacecraft led to the interruption of Russian astronaut rations on the International Space Station and the switch to food provided by American astronauts.