By the Associated Press
MOSCOW (R) – A Russian rocket from Soyuz on Friday sent a cargo ship on its way to the International Space Station, a successful launch that allowed the next crew members to travel to the outpost.
Launch of the Russian Red Riding Rescue Progress MS-10 in Kazakhstan's Baikonur Cosmodrome marked the fourth success of rescuing a Soyuz since a launch with crew members had to be canceled last month.
A rocket from Soyuz-FG that wore NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Alexei Ovchinin of Roscosmos failed two minutes on its flight on October 11, activating an automatic rescue system that allowed catches to get safe. A Russian investigation attributed the failure of a sensor that was destroyed during the final rocket assembly.
The accident was the first launch of the avorted crew for the 1983 Russian space program, when two Soviet cosmonauts broke down after a burst of launch pad and also had a safe landing. Currently, the Russian ship in Soyuz is the only vehicle that can carry crews to the space station.
Since the October reversal, two rockets from Soyuz have been successfully launched from Plesetsk in northwestern Russia, while a third was lifted from French Guiana, carrying satellites in orbit. They were subtype different from the rocket that failed in October, but the one that raised Friday was the same version.
The Progress ship is ready to land at the space station on Sunday, delivering nearly three tons of food, fuel, water and other supplies to the crew – Serena Aunon Chancellor of NASA, Russian Sergei Prokopiev and German Gerst Gerst.
In a separate supply mission, Northrop Grumman, Antares, spacecraft Cygnus, is scheduled to take off on Saturday and land at the station Monday.
The current crew is scheduled to return to Earth next month after the arrival of their substitutes. American astronaut Anne McClain, Canadian David Saint-Jacques and Russian Oleg Kononenko are due to go on December 3rd.
Speaking on Thursday at Star City Space Center in front of Moscow, McClain expressed his confidence in Soyuz despite the October abortion launch.
"We trust our rocket, we're ready to fly," she said. "I think what I learned from the inside in October was how safe this rocket was. A lot of people called it an accident or an incident, or you might want to use it as an example of not being safe "But for us it is exactly the opposite because our friends have come home, the systems have worked and worked exactly as they were designed."