Soyuz-FG Rocket Launches Progress MS-10 Resupply Ship to ISS

A Soyuz-FG rocket lifts off with the Progress MS-10 spacecraft. (Credit: Roscosmos)

Editor’s Note: The successful launch of the Soyuz-FG booster — which malfunctioned in October — paves the way for a crew launch to the station on Dec. 3.

BAIKONUR, Kazahkstan (Roscosmos PR) — On November 16, 2018, at 21:14 Moscow time, from the Baikonur cosmodrome, the Soyuz-FG space launch vehicle was successfully launched under the International Space Station (ISS) program. The launch vehicle launched the Progress MS-10 transport cargo ship (TGK) into near-earth orbit.

After the separation of the spacecraft from the third stage of the carrier rocket, the TGK began to carry out the flight program for the ISS.

The convergence of the Progress MS-10 transport vehicle with the station and the approach to the docking module of the Zvezda module of the Russian ISS segment are planned to be carried out automatically under the control of the MCC specialists, as well as the Russian cosmonaut Sergey Prokopyev.

The Progress MS-10 ship will have to deliver to the International Space Station about 2.5 tons of various cargoes: more than 1.3 tons of dry cargo, 725 kg of fuel in the refueling system tanks, 420 kg of water in the Rodnik tanks, and 50 kg of compressed air and oxygen in cylinders. In the packing of the cargo compartment – the scientific equipment, components for the life support system, as well as containers with food, clothing, medicines and personal care products for crew members.

The automatic docking of the “truck” with the ISS will take place on November 18 at 22:30 Moscow time.

  • SamuelRoman13

    Soyuz and Antares needs to be replaced with SSTO. Actually NG has one or a prototype. X-34. Still in good shape.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/70437796d841bffba1ddd74fbfaa1152fc929715409d07e0452306d5d44be248.jpg .
    The mass and thrust look good. Just enlarge to whatever payload needed.

  • SamuelRoman13

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/791780523be328be69ef1338f0251954bb21e18bb91319aa656a0d0395b1f39d.jpg
    Come on. Thrust to weight is good enough. Stand it on its tail and launch it. No 1011 needed I think.

  • SamuelRoman13

    ted Space PlaneThe aviation and space press buzzed last week with the news that NASA had quietly moved
    its two long-grounded X-34 space planes from open storage at the space
    agency’s Dryden center – located on Edwards Air Force Base in California
    – to a test pilot school in the Mojave Desert. At the desert facility,
    the mid-’90s-vintage, robotic X-34s would be inspected to determine if
    they were capable of flying again. It seemed that NASA was eying a dramatic return
    to the business of fast, cheap space access using a reusable,
    airplane-style vehicle – something the Air Force has enthusiastically
    embraced with its mysterious X-37B spacecraft.

    The
    truth, it turns out, is a bit more complicated, even confusing – but no
    less exciting. If everything works out, the X-34s might help pioneer
    not just an emerging method of accessing space, but a new
    space-exploration business model, as well.

    A
    Wednesday call to Orbital Sciences, the original manufacturers of the
    X-34, resulted in a brief conversation with a bemused company official.
    Barry Berneski, Orbital’s communications director, said he had read the
    X-34 news, but had heard nothing on the subject from inside the firm.
    “They might be just trying get it out of Edwards’ valuable real estate,”
    Berneski said of the 59-foot-long space planes, only one of which ever
    flew – and just once – before the program was canceled on cost grounds
    in 2001.

    In fact, real estate has
    been a factor in the X-34s’ moves over the years, Dryden official Alan
    Brown said on Wednesday. After the program’s termination, NASA
    transferred the space plane prototypes to the Air Force, “which thought
    it might use them but never did,” Brown said. “When the Air Force needed
    room in the hangar, they [the X-34s] were moved to a bombing range and
    sat out there deteriorating for several years.” The two bots luckily
    avoided getting bombed, and earlier this year NASA moved them back to
    its side of Edwards. “They were sitting there a while,” Brown mused.

    The
    idea to ship the X-34s to Mojave and inspect them originated with a
    Dryden-based NASA engineer, Brown said. “When he found out this thing
    still existed … he decided people should take a look to see if it
    could be refurbished and made flightworthy.” That’s when the contractors
    came to retrieve the two neglected spacecraft, pictured above en route
    to the Mojave.

    But that doesn’t mean NASA has
    formal plans to operate the X-34s under its own auspices, now or ever,
    Brown stressed. Provided they’re in flyable shape, it’s far more likely
    the space agency will make the X-34s available to private industry.
    “There are a number of firms interested in these things, developing
    communications and other technologies,” Brown said. “It would be helpful
    if they had a vehicle.”

    Brown
    implied he was trying to downplay the X-34s’ possible resurrection, but
    his reference to private industry hints at a far more exciting future
    for the space planes than would be likely in NASA service. After all,
    America’s space future is looking increasingly privatized. In 2004,
    Scaled Composites boosted its Space Ship One vehicle to higher than
    300,000 feet, proving that cheap, reusable, commercial vehicle could
    reach near-orbit – and potentially score huge profits from spacefaring tourists.
    And just this week, the Federal Aviation Administration issued the very
    first license for a commercial spacecraft to re-enter the atmosphere
    from orbit. The license will allow SpaceX to test, in December, an unmanned rocket vehicle designed for resupplying the International Space Station.

    President Barack Obama’s space policies entail “outsourc[ing] major components
    of the space program to private industry.” With flyable X-34s at the
    ready, NASA could lend a hand to companies hoping to expand on Scaled’s
    and SpaceX’s achievements, and further open up space to explorers …
    and entrepreneurs. That’s *way *cooler than just another government-only
    test program, if you ask us.(Wired)

    Photo: NASA

  • SamuelRoman13

    Their are two. USAF owns and sells surplus all the time. Ngis should be able to get them cheap. Peter Beck ought to buy one. He can put a lot of his little engines on it. He can lower his prices.