Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome
(23 July 2020 - Roscosmos) On July 23, 2020, cargo spacecraft Progress MS-15 developed and manufactured by RSC Energia was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome under the program of the 76th resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Medium capacity launch vehicle Soyuz-2.1a carrying Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft lifted off from Site No. 31 at 14:26:21 UTC. In 8 minutes 49 seconds after the lift-off, the spacecraft separated from the upper stage block and entered a planned orbit. The solar arrays were deployed according to the timeline. In the very first earth orbit, Progress MS-15 proceeded with a “super-fast” two-orbit autonomous rendezvous profile to approach the ISS under control of specialists from the Lead Operational Control Team of the Russian Segment of the International Space Station working at the Mission Control Center. The spacecraft docking with the Pirs module of the ISS is expected to take place at 17:47:52 UTC.
Progress MS-15 delivered to the ISS 620 kg of propellant, 46 kg of compressed gases, as well as 1.43 tons of cargo including 420 liters of water of Rodnik system, consumables for the ISS onboard systems and devices for space experiments, clothing and sanitary and hygienic materials, and food for the current Expedition crewmembers.