A launch vehicle was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome “Soyuz-2.1a” with a cargo ship “Progress MS-16”, start took place in normal mode. Reported “Roscosmos”.
The launch of the rocket with the cargo ship was carried out from the 31st site of the Baikonur cosmodrome in 7:45 MSK. time. Across 99 minutes in 7:54 the third stage of the rocket brought “Progress MS-16” into orbit, the separation of the truck went on as usual, he has already deployed solar panels.
Docking of the cargo vehicle with the ISS is scheduled for Wednesday, 17 February 9:20 MSK. Mt.. The truck will be docked to the module “Pier”. “Progress” will deliver to the space station about 2,5 tons of cargo, which include fuel for the ISS, drinking water, as well as about 1400 kg of various equipment and materials, including crack patches.
The spacecraft will be docked to the ISS until mid-summer this year, its undocking is scheduled for 17 July, and together with the module “Pier”, used with 2001 years for spacewalks. “Progress” will bring the old module out of orbit and burn with it in the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.
Instead “Pierce” a new module will be docked to the ISS “Science”, whose launch into orbit is scheduled for 15 July, and docking with the station on 23 July.
Roscosmos noted, that this launch is the second for Russia this year and the first, produced from the Baikonur cosmodrome.