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Baikonur is almost ready to launch a Progress cargo spaceship to the International Space Station
A state commission permitted to install the freighter on the launching pad on Tuesday, a source in the Federal Space Agency told Itar-Tass. “A Soyuz-U rocket with the Progress M-53 cargo spaceship is ready for being transported to the launching pad. It is planned to begin the installation early on Wednesday morning,” the source said. The Progress launch is scheduled for 3:09 a.m. Moscow on June 17. The freighter will deliver fuel, equipment, food, water and oxygen to the ISS. “Spares for the Elektron oxygen generation system, which has been having problems, will be delivered as well,” the source said. All in all, the freighter will have about 2.5 tonnes of cargo onboard. Four launches to the ISS from Baikonur are planned before the end of this year – the spaceport will launch one Soyuz-TMA manned spaceship and three Progress freighters, the source said. There have been two successful launches in 2005. A Soyuz delivered a new crew to the ISS in April, and a Progress was launched in February. The Progress M-52 and litter from the ISS will drown in the Pacific Ocean on June 16 to prepare the Station for docking with the Progress M-53
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