Russia successfully launched the Progress MS-15 cargo spacecraft on a Soyuz 2-1A launch vehicle at 1426 GMT on 23 July from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is on a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The approach of the Progress craft appeared to go satisfactorily until the latter stages of the operation when the new automatic Kurs-NA system appeared to temporarily malfunction. Nevertheless, the docking was then successfully achieved at 1745 GMT on 23 July.

Progress MS-15 fires its thruster during its approach to ISS. Courtesy: Roscosmos/IvanVagner

It will remain there until December before conducting a destructive re-entry of Earth’s atmosphere with most debris burning up and any remaining pieces of debris splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

Phil Hylands contributed to this story.

The International Space Station (ISS). Courtesy: NASA